Electronic cigarette explodes in Florida Panhandle man's face, blows out his teeth, part of tongue

NICEVILLE, Fla. - A Florida man who was trying to quit smoking lost his teeth and part of his tongue when an electronic cigarette blew up in his face.

The fire chief in Niceville, Florida believes the e-cigarette's battery exploded while Tom Holloway was using it.

"It was basically like him holding a bottle rocket in his mouth," Chief Butch Parker told TV station WEAR .

Pieces of the red-hot fake cigarette flew around the room, melting objects, according to the report.

"It exploded in his face, and it knocked out all his teeth and part of his tongue.  He had blood all over his face.  It set the study on fire," friend Wendy Jensen told WEAR.

Holloway, a photographer and Vietnam Veteran, had been using the e-cigarette for about two years.

He was taken to to a burn unit in Mobile, Alabama for treatment.

To read the complete report from WEAR, follow this link: http://tinyurl.com/72hsq84

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