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Frenchman injured by exploding e-cigarette

Ben McPartland · 18 May 2015, 09:11

Published: 18 May 2015 09:11 GMT+02:00

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Authorities in France have opened an investigation after a 21-year-old man from western France was left with burns when his e-cigarette blew up.

Police are looking into the exact causes of the accident that left the man, named Brice, with burns to his hand, the regional newspaper Ouest France reported.

According to those reports the device, which was one made in China, is believed to have exploded due to a faulty battery.

However some have suggested that it may have been due to the smoker tampering with the battery in a bid to make it more powerful.

One e-cigarette seller told AFP that a trend has developed, mainly among young people, of users trying to increase the power of the e-cigarette batteries to boost the amount of vapor they produce.

The victim told BFM TV that “he could have been disfigured” if he had had the device in his mouth at the time”.

"I took it away from my mouth and a split second later it exploded. It was like a grenade," he told French media.

The man who works as a DJ said he was furious and said he doesn't yer know if he'll be able to mix in future. He has vowed to launch legal action against the device's makers.

The use of e-cigarettes in France has taken off in recent years in France, but thankfully cases of exploding devices remain rare.

In September last year a pensioner was left with burns to his leg when an e-cigarette exploding in his trouser pocket. He later lodged an official complaint with police.

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In March this year a Texas man said he was suing the makers of his e-cigarette after it also exploded in his pocket leaving him with burns to his thighs and scrotum.

It happened as he was kicking a ball around at his daughter’s birthday party.

Photo: Vaping360

Ben McPartland (ben.mcpartland@thelocal.com)

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