COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – A Colorado Springs man was hospitalized after his family says an e-cigarette exploded in his face.
Coworkers say Cordero Caples fell to the ground when the e-cigarette exploded last Friday. His family says the fall broke his neck.
The Colorado Springs Fire Department is investigating.
Witnesses say it happened so fast.
“I just heard a loud explosion similar to a shotgun bang,” coworker Brandon Nolan said.
“We all thought he got shot or somebody shot at him,” coworker Andrew Holguin said.
Reports of e-cigarette explosions are rare but have happened all across the country. Industry experts say the cause was likely a problem with the battery, which needs to be checked regularly.