This Is What Happens When an E-Cig Explodes in Your Pocket

By Bryan Lufkin on at

An Kentucky man was sent to the hospital for second-degree burns last weekend, when his e-cig exploded like a firework in his pocket. And he hasn’t been the only one with such luck.

Surveillance footage from a Shell petrol station’s security camera caught the incident on tape Saturday morning. The man was about to pay at the till, when a Roman candle-like blast burst from his trousers and sent sparks flying. He ran out onto the pavement, wrestled off his trousers, and was then blasted by a petrol station attendant with a fire extinguisher.

It’s not the first time an e-cigarette has been reported to explode. Just a couple of weeks ago, a Texas man also suffered serious burns with a spare e-cig battery blew up in his trouser pocket. He, too, was out shopping, when the battery blew up and fused part of his jeans to his leg. Yet another man earlier this month in Texas suffered burns, his first degree, when a vape battery blew up in his trousers.

We’ll have to see if e-cig batteries, like hoverboards, will soon be banned from stations, planes, colleges, and anywhere else that isn’t keen on sudden explosions. The cause of the e-cig blasts is still unclear. [CBS News and 14News]