E-Cigarette Battery Explodes in New York Man’s Pocket
LARCHMONT, NY. – An e-cigarette battery exploded in the pocket of a New York man, according to an online news story published at abc13.com. The incident occurred in January and caused serious burn injuries to the man’s leg.*
On January 28, 27-year-old Jacob Dudhnath (city not reported) was performing work for a plumbing and heating company at a home in Larchmont, New York. Dudhnath had just arrived at the job that morning, when an e-cigarette battery he was carrying in his pocket spontaneously exploded. The battery was a spare he was carrying, and the explosion ignited his pants.
“All I knew was I had a fire in my pants, and it kept moving down,” Dudhnath said. “And it just kept getting hotter, so we just worked on getting it off of me as quickly as possible.”
A co-worker was standing near Dudhnath when the explosion occurred, and he jumped into action to help.
“There was about a 2-foot flame shooting out of his pants, burned his whole leg from his hip below the knee,” Kevin Carrelli said. “He falls straight on his back, and he starts rolling trying to get it out. I ran over and just started ripping his pants off, just trying to get it out. And I burned by hand in the process, but it could have been much worse for me.”
Emergency responders rushed to the scene and transported Dudhnath to a local hospital for treatment. He is still recovering from his burn injuries and says he will not be using a vaping pen any longer.
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