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Vape Pen Explodes in Woman’s Purse; Burns Daughter

May 24, 2019

STATESVILLE, NC – According to an online news report at, a fourteen year old girl from Iredell County is in recovery after her mother’s vape pen exploded in her purse, causing the girl to sustain second-degree burns.*

A fourteen year old girl is recovering after her mother’s vape pen exploded in her purse and caught fire, causing the girl to sustain second-degree burns.  According to the girl, while in her mother’s car, the vape pen explosion sounded like a firecracker that went off.  The mother and her daughter soon realized that the noise came from the mother’s purse where her vape pen was located.

The mom and her daughter were in their car at an intersection close to Statesville, North Carolina when they heard the noise of the vape pen go off.  “I had to unlock the door. The door was locked. I was panicking and I finally got it unlocked and just scooped the pocketbook while it was on fire and scooped it out on the road,” said the girl’s mother.

As a result of the explosion, the two individuals scrambled to exit the vehicle. However, they were not quick enough, as the daughter sustained burns to her arm and leg. “I was really flipping out. I was scared because I didn’t know what was going on. I was sitting there and it just exploded,” said the daughter.

The mother is under the belief that the battery of her vape pen is what caused the explosion. According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), there have been one hundred ninety five reports of e-cigarette fires and explosions between 2009 and 2016.  Per the USFA, it uncovered that e-cigarette lithium-ion batteries are a “new and unique hazard” because these types of batteries are more prone to explode and catch fire.

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