Woman injured when vape pen battery explodes in coat pocket


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Emergency responders say a woman suffered burns when her vape pen battery exploded in her coat pocket at a Sioux Falls bank.

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue says the 31-year-old woman was in the CorTrust Bank when the battery exploded and caught fire.

Battalion Chief Steve Brunette says the woman suffered burns to her hand and part of her torso.

Brunette says it’s not the first time his department has responded to a vape pen-related fire and that there have been a few similar cases in recent years.

The woman drove herself to the hospital for treatment.