February 24, 2016 11:45 am

Caught on Camera: E-cigarette explodes inside man’s pants at Kentucky gas station

WATCH ABOVE: Security camera captures e-cigarette exploding inside man’s pocket.


Surveillance cameras captured the moment a man’s e-cigarette allegedly exploded inside his pocket while standing in line at a Kentucky gas station.

The incident took place at a Shell gas station in Owensboro, Kentucky this past Saturday. Local resident Josh Hamilton had approached the counter to pay for his purchase when his pants suddenly burst into flames.

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Still ablaze, Hamilton rushes outside the store, trying to remove his now-burning pants. Eventually, a store employee with a fire extinguisher helps douse the blaze, while other nearby store patrons rush to assist Hamilton.

According to local media outlet WFIE News, Hamilton suffered third degree burns as a result of the explosion. He was taken to an area hospital by one of the store patrons who first rushed to his assistance.

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He says a spare battery for his e-cigarette, which was in that pocket, was to blame for the fire. Police are still investigating to determine the cause of the fire.

While explosions or fires from e-cigarettes are extremely rare they are not unheard of.

A report from the U.S. fire administration (USFA) found 25 separate incidents of explosion and fire involving e-cigarettes between 2009 and 2014, injuring nine people. Of those injuries two people suffered serious burns.

E-cigarettes have been touted as a less dangerous alternative for regular smokers trying to kick the habit. The battery-powered devices use a liquid to produce vapour, which is then inhaled. Some of the liquids are infused with nicotine, some aren’t.

-With files from Andrew Russell

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