Texas Woman Sustains Burn Injuries in Vape Pen Explosion
HARRIS COUNTY, TX. – According to a news story reported online at abc13.com, a woman from Texas sustained burn injuries during a vape pen explosion. The explosion reportedly happened as the woman was changing the battery in her vape pen, and officials say that she sustained second-degree burns in the incident.*
The incident occurred in the 19900 block of Crescent Creek Drive in Harris County, Texas. The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office and ABC 13 report that firefighters responded to a residence on a report of an explosion and fire. They went to the home and discovered that a 35-year-old woman was injured from an apparent vape pen explosion.
The woman reportedly told officials that she was trying to change the battery on her vape pen, and the device exploded in her hands. The brand of the device was not reported, and it is not clear what kind of battery she was using for the device. Officials said that she suffered second-degree burns and was taken to a nearby hospital for emergency care. Her current condition is not known.
Firefighters reported that the vape pen explosion also resulted in a small fire inside the room where the explosion occurred. The extent of damage to the room was not reported. No other injuries from the incident were reported.
The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office warned people after the explosion that vape pens need to be used with caution due to the batteries they use. Experts warn that consumers should only buy replacement batteries from the device manufacturer or trusted companies and should follow all directions when replacing batteries.
“We know that lithium-ion batteries have these issues, so we want consumers to make sure that they use good brands of lithium-ion batteries,” said Rachel Moreno with the Fire Marshal’s Office.
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