Vaping device may have blown up in a man's face

Officials investigate what could possibly be the first death from a vape pen explosion; the battery in the device allegedly may have been the cause.
1:37 | 05/07/18

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Back now with the growing questions about the possible explosion of a vaping device. Florida investigators say a vape pen may have blown up in a man's face. Erielle reshef has the story. Reporter: Tonight, new concern over those popular vape pens. After fire officials in Florida say a battery in one of the devices may have exploded, killing this 38-year-old man. It's like having a small, maybe a little larger than a firecracker in your hand and it can explode. Reporter: The cause of death is still under investigation. But authorities say it could end up being the first death nationwide from a vape pen explosion. There are reports of vape pens and e-cigarettes erupting into flames. Mike vongkhamchan from Texas says he was holding his e-cig when this happened. I'm pretty glad I didn't have it up to my face. Reporter: FEMA says there were nearly 200 such explosions in seven years. In some cases, lithium batteries in those devices overheating and igniting, turning them into flaming rockets. While they are not likely to fail, when they do fail, it can be catastrophic. Reporter: The American vaping association telling ABC news incidents like these are not common. When charged, stored, and used under proper conditions, vapor products pose no more of a fire risk than cell phones and laptops that use similar lithium ion batteries. Tom, experts say if you have a device with a lithium ion battery, make sure you use the charger it comes with. And never leave it charging while you're asleep or away. Tom? Erielle, thank you. Up next, right here, when we

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