Vape pen explosion injures woman carrying child, nearby relative – WOAI

by WFLA via CNN Newsource

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Florida — Two people in Florida are injured after a vape pen explosion. They both suffered second-degree burns.

Melisa Hernandez said her vape pen battery exploded in her bag while she was carrying her 3-year-old daughter Friday.

“I heard the explosion and then I seen the fire shoot and I thought somebody hit me with a firework,” she said.

Hernandez said the stream of fire was the battery shooting out of the bag that was around her shoulder.

She says it hit her aunt in the face, leaving both of them with second-degree burns.

Hernandez said the batteries were inside a plastic container away from harmful objects. She bought them from Tampa Vapor Shop in Riverview.

The owner there said he teaches everyone how to properly store batteries.

“Batteries themselves store a tremendous amount of power so they need to be treated carefully and with respect,” said Tampa Vapor Shop owner Mike Synychak.

Currently, there’s no word on what company made the batteries since the labels melted off.

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