Video shows Frenchman’s crazy e-cigarette explosion

A nightclub manager in southern France has been left with second degree burns after his e-cigarette exploded in his pocket.

Video shows Frenchman's crazy e-cigarette explosion
Photo: La Dépêche du Midi/Screengrab.
CCTV footage has caught the shocking moment that a man's e-cigarette exploded in his pocket. 
The incident occurred outside a nightclub in Toulouse on Friday night. 
Security camera footage from the scene shows the manager, Amine Britel, walking around smoking his electronic cigarette. 
Then sparks start to fly from his right pocket.
“I heard what sounded like a firecracker but ten times louder,” he told the regional La Dépêche du Midi newspaper
“After the shock of the explosion, I realized I had caught on fire.”
The sparks lasted only several seconds, but they were strong enough to leave Britel in hospital with second degree burns to his side and fingers.
In trying to put out the flames, he said that his jacket melted to his finger. 
The nightclub manager told the paper that he assumed the spark ignited after the battery of his e-cigarette was in contact with loose change in his pocket. 
He said that he had launched a complaint with the Chinese manufacturer of the e-cigarette, but has few expectations that anything will come of it. 
Exploding e-cigarettes have caused problems in France before, including just last month when another Toulouse man was injured in a similar incident. 
In south western France in February, four cars ended up torched after a woman's e-cigarette caught fire inside her car

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France vows to ban new cannabis ‘e-joint’

France will seek to outlaw a new electronic cigarette containing cannabis, a minister announced on Tuesday, on the very day the product was launched. The so-called e-joint claims it provides all of the relaxation but none of the mind-altering effects of marijuana.

France vows to ban new cannabis 'e-joint'
Just as it was launched, France says it will ban the 'e-joint'. Photo: AFP

French Health Minister Marisol Touraine said the product would "incite the consumption of cannabis" and that she intended approaching the courts to ban it.

"I am opposed to such a product being commercialised in France," she said on RTL radio.

The product,that has been dubbed an e-joint, was launched by a French-Czech company called Kanavape which says it hopes to offer "millions of people a legal and flavourful way to consume cannabis."

Smoking e-cigarettes, or "vaping", is ultra-fashionable in France, and while people have long since figured out how to doctor them to smoke marijuana — as evidenced by hundreds of YouTube how-to's on the subject — Kanavape claims their product is 100 percent legal.

Three young Frenchmen launched their electronic cigarette containing cannabis extracts on Tuesday which they say will give you the relaxing and pain-killing effect of the drug but without the high – and they claim it will be entirely legal.

KanaVape brings you many of the benefits of cannabinoids without the psychotic effect of THC,” the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, according to the website of the product due to go on sale this month.

“Vape pens” – the fashionable term for electronic cigarettes – which allow consumers to inhale cannabis vapour rather than combusted smoke, are increasingly popular in the United States, where many states have recently legalised the consumption of cannabis for medical or recreational purposes.

But they are rare in Europe, where the Netherlands is the only country to have legalised marijuana.

KanaVape hopes to tap into the potentially huge market.

“By using only hemp with 5% CBD (Cannabidiol) and no THC, KanaVape provides you a unique cannabinoids experience. Cannabidiol is a non-psychotic cannabinoid, it will not make you "high" but will help you relax,” the firm claims.