OKC News Reports E-Cigarette Cause of ‘Explosion’

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Oklahoma City’s KOCO has reported that local police determined an e-cigarette was the cause of an ‘explosion’ at an apartment complex in Oklahoma City. According to the report, an e-cigarette under a desk in the front office of the complex overheated and exploded. Fortunately, no serious harm or fire resulted. One apartment complex employee was taken to the hospital after inhaling fumes from the explosion, but checked out in good condition shortly after.

The event occurred early Tuesday and in consideration of the Boston Marathon attacks yesterday, terrible timing for anything to be mentioned in the same sentence as the word ‘explosion’. It’s also poor timing considering the current fight that is going on in the Oklahoma state legislature to prevent e-cigarettes from being regulated and taxed as a tobacco product. It’s our hope that the tendency of the media to sensationalize negative e-cigarette stories won’t cause this one to grow into something more than it is, especially in the current media frenzy.

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  1. Donna Miner says

    sounds kinda fishy to me.

  2. FloridaVaping says

    Then why even glorify the story in a post? Really..

  3. slap_maxwell says

    I find it difficult to believe an e-cig just sitting under a desk would “explode.” Something isn’t being told to us about this.

  4. stogismkr says

    What should have been reported was that because it was an e-cig, there is still a building to go to, in the case of a “typical” cigarette the entire building could have burned down and who know how many casualties.

  5. Todd says

    For certain not all the facts here…not even close. I hope they follow up on this when “the rest of the story” comes out. I’m sure now we’ll here this story over and over now for the nxt several years regardless.

  6. Tess Hannah says

    That’s ridiculous. I’ve been using e-cigs for 4 years. There’s no way one would EXPLODE. That’s silliness. It would be no more likely to explode than an ipod. There’s nothing combustible in it! I’m calling bullsh*t on this one.

  7. John "Shub" Fellhoelter says

    Definitely something awry here.

  8. Mike Z (WindLvr) says

    What is there to catch fire?

  9. RCO67 says

    Real journalism is essentially dead in this country. We live in a time of soundbites and sensationalism.
    Fire, maybe, explosion, I’m not buying it.

  10. saboinia says

    ME 3 sounds kinda fishy to me

  11. Morrinb says

    All i can say to this is bleh!

  12. Lindsay says

    Somebody made a good point in the comment section of the original news: ” iPods can and have exploded. http://www.engadget.com/2009/08/03/exploding-ipod-blows-up-in-apples-face

    Batteries fail and explode all the time. Thankfully, with e-cigs incidents like this have been limited to a handful, but the media seems to love to pick up on them when the do happen.

  13. Karla Lyle (MsV8PR) says

    Of course they never mention the circumstances or the type used. Probably some idiot who has no idea what he is doing.

  14. nick says

    while it is bad timing for this kind of story, something doesnt sound right. just fuel for the fire for OK politicians against e-cigs. wonder if the fire department had any say in what the cause was

  15. Hannah says

    somethings not right lol

  16. MrsCasey says

    Really short story, very few details, was it allegedly plugged in or just laying on the floor and randomly exploded, no name for the “firefighters” the writer spoke with. And yes, laptops, cellphones and even electronic toothbrushes explode. Something is missing here. It seems we are not getting all the information here and the timing of the story is very convenient for the Antz and the proposed taxation and online sales ban in OK.

  17. ManuDawg says

    Love your comment Stogismkr! Hopefully this story won’t get much attention as it is very incomplete, very poor reporting.

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