LONG VIEW, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) – A man suffered traumatic injuries after a vape pen exploded in his face Thursday afternoon in Long View, officials said.
According to the Long View Fire Chief, firefighters found Joshua Bumgarner at about 12:45 p.m. outside 1300 28th Street with an unknown female. He was taken to Catawba County Medical Center and from there flown to Carolinas Medical Center-Main in Charlotte.
A neighbor who saw the whole thing says Bumgarner had burns to his face and some teeth missing.
“I seen the ambulance racing out here and the girl behind him in her vehicle, so I knew something was urgent.”
The Fire Marshal is in possession of the vaping device to investigate what caused the pen to explode. It’s unclear what brand/type of vaporizer was involved.
The homeowner told FOX 46 that he has a large vape collection. He was at work while Bumgarner was at his house and says Bumgarner put a battery into an incompatible base causing it to explode. Scorch marks on the carpet are all that remain.
There is evidence to suggest that battery-related issues may lead to vape explosions, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. Causes of failure with larger vaporizers are usually related to overcharging of the battering or shorting of the battery.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there were 195 e-cigarette fire/explosion incidents in the United States between 2009 to 2016.