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DALLAS (KRLD) – A Tarrant County teenager is recovering in the hospital after an e-cigarette blew up in his face.

The 15-year-old suffered severe burns to his face and chest after the e-cigarette exploded as he used it. Tarrant County sheriffs responded to the 9-1-1 call from Fossil Creek Estates on Round Hill Road around 5 yesterday evening.

The teen was airlifted to Parkland Hospital in Dallas, but is expected to recover from his injuries. The explosion from the e-cigarette did not cause any other injuries or any other damage.

Recent studies are looking at the risks posed by e-cigarettes, especially the danger of their batteries shorting out and causing these explosions. These cases often result in third-degree burns.

The legal age for using an e-cigarette is 18. The Tarrant County fire marshal is heading up the investigation.

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