A Florida man is recovering from severe injuries and burns after an electronic cigarette blew up in his mouth.
Tom Holloway has lung-related health problems and had been using electronic cigarettes for about two years, according to a friend who spoke with HLN affiliate WEAR.
"[His wife] said that it sounded like a firecracker, and it was just a horrible noise, and she heard him scream and she ran in there," Wendy Jensen told the station.
Fire Chief Butch Parker says he believes the battery caused the explosion. “[W]henever the battery ignited, it was basically like him holding a bottle rocket in his mouth," he said.
All of Holloway’s teeth and part of his tongue were blown out of his mouth. "[H]e had blood all over his face, and it set the study on fire,” said Jensen. "Oh it's horrible, we were just up all night thinking about it -- it's horrible."
Firefighters were unable to tell the brand of the cigarette after the explosion. They say it's the first time they've heard of such a thing and have reported the incident to a national database so any possible patterns can be identified.