Lily Foster


Man Dies After E-Cigarette Explodes

It’s like having a small firecracker in your hand.

An explosion from an electronic cigarette has killed a man in St. Petersburg, Florida, according to authorities who are investigating the circumstances surrounding his death.

Tallmadge D'Elia, 38, was found dead this month after a fire alarm went off at his home and officers arrived on the scene.

Officials found him with a wound to his lip area and areas of burns to his body.

Bill Pellan, director of investigations at the Pinellas County Medical Examiner's Office said, the cause of death is identified as a projectile wound to the head.

The projectile was from a section of an e-cigarette. The autopsy noted that the e-cigarette was manufactured by Smok-E Mountain and was a "mod" type device.

E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that produce an aerosol by heating a liquid, usually containing nicotine, flavorings and other chemicals.