E-cigarettes create hazards around trucks: U.S. regulators
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a safety advisory for those who use battery-powered e-cigarettes or vaporizers around commercial vehicles, citing potential hazards including explosions, serious personal injuries and fires. The warning extends to any battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices. "The explosions regularly involved the ejection of a burning battery case or other components from the device, which subsequently ignited nearby flammable or combustible materials," regulators said in a bulletin released this morning. The U.S. Fire Administration estimates there have been 25 related incidents between 2009 and August 2014. Some new sources suggest there could have been more than 1,500 explosions.