Vape Pen Battery Blamed For DIA Fire « CBS Denver – CBS Denver

By Brian Maass

DENVER (CBS4)– A lithium ion battery used to power a vape pen is being blamed for a fire last month at a security checkpoint at Denver International Airport.

“Situations like the fire we experienced at DEN on Jan. 30 are very unique,” said Denver Fire Chief Eric Tade in a news release.

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The cause of the brief fire was a mystery until Friday when the Denver Fire Department and federal and airport authorities revealed what happened at the south TSA checkpoint. They said a passenger had disassembled an electronic vaping device for travel and placed it in his carry-on bag.

But the exposed lithium ion battery “likely made contact with conductive materials in the bag, causing the battery to create a ‘dead short.’ The short caused the battery to heat up combustible materials within the bag, leading to a fire just as the bag passed through a TSA X-ray machine.”

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TSA employees used a fire extinguisher to douse the flames within sixty seconds. Passengers at the security checkpoint fled

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