Funeral services for Brown, a licensed electrician, are scheduled for later this week, his grandmother said. A nearby witness called an ambulance, she said, and a medical examiner later ruled that his cause of death was penetrating trauma from an exploding vaporizer pen, making him at least the second person in the United States to be killed by an exploding e-cigarette, according to the newspaper.
'It just hurts so bad, now he'll never see that birthday.
According to his grandmother, Brown bought the device at the Smoke and Vape DZ store.
Mohamad Zayid Abdihdy was checking out a TV when his e-cigarette exploded in his trousers pocket.
Brown's grandmother said county investigators told her the device's battery was the issue.
"His friends are getting together to fix the auto for him", she said.
He was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital, where he was declared dead two days later. It's a waste of the things he could have accomplished.
Doctors never operated on Brown, his family said. "That three-piece thing went into his throat and stayed there, and that's what (doctors) should have taken out as soon as they got to the hospital, and they chose to wait until Monday or Tuesday".
In 2017, the U.S. Fire Administration reported 133 acute injuries from e-cigarettes, vaporizers and other similar devices between 2009 and 2016, with most fires and explosions occurring while the e-cigarette was in a pocket or being used.
Firefighters could not determine the cause of death, but the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner's report made it clear that two pieces of the smoking device had penetrated his cranium, resulting in his death.
William Brown died two days after the January 27 explosion, which sent shrapnel into his neck and skull.
Malfunctioning e-cigarette batteries have caused hundreds to thousands of injuries, the BBC reports.
In May of last year, a 38-year-old Florida man died from a "projectile wound" caused by an exploding e-cigarette.