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Man vapes and e-cigarette blows up, breaking his neck

Codero Caples (Photo Source: GoFundMe- Cordero Caples)

Codero Caples (Photo Source: GoFundMe- Cordero Caples)

There’s a new warning out regarding e-cigarettes after a man was critically injured. Cordero Caples, 29, was taking a break at work and went outside to vape when his e-cigarette exploded in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The explosion broke his neck, burned his mouth and knocked out teeth. He was rushed to the hospital and underwent spinal reconstruction surgery.

Codero Caples (Photo Source: GoFundMe- Cordero Caples)

Codero Caples (Photo Source: GoFundMe- Cordero Caples)

Caples is a college student and a father of a 1-year-old child and had dreams of becoming a fitness trainer. Now, all of this may not be possible because of the explosion. According to the federal government, there have been a significant number of accidents that have occurred with e-cigarettes, also called vapes, due to battery explosions. A 2014 government report states, “The event occurs suddenly and is accompanied by a loud noise, a flash of light, smoke, flames, and often vigorous ejection of the battery and other parts.”
E-cigarette/Vape (Photo Source: GoFundMe- Cordero Caples)
The use of e-cigarettes has been on the rise as more people choose to “vape” rather than smoke tobacco. Instead of smoke, steam is produced and the products can include nicotine or flavored liquids. The phrase “Do you mind if I vape” is now common among many young users of the product. The federal government has recommended that “E-cigarette manufacturers should consider changing to a different style of electrical connection. The inclusion of protection circuits into the e-cigarette device would improve battery safety.”

For now, Caples is recovering and his family has started a GoFundMe page to cover his medical costs and rehabilitation. The Chinese company that made the product has stated on its website that its devices are made with “highest quality standards.”

(Photo Credit: E-cigarette/Vape (Photo Source: GoFundMe- Cordero Caples))


  1. Theresa on November 24, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Vape Responsibly! I highly suggest you buy from a reputable vape shops. Talk to someone who is knowledgeable and well informed. Don’t go to someone who just wants your money.

    If you are in the Tucson area, I highly recommend Southwest Smokeless. or go to

  2. Cacuqecig on November 24, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    So, responsible manufacturers and distributors are so important. Don’t trust any low quality mods, they could be dangerous. If you want to know anything about ecig, can check and live chat with us. Hope everyone vapes safely!

  3. Nate on November 27, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    I’m still trying to figure out how this rig exploded with sufficient force to break this guy’s neck (what, did his tooth fly out the back of his throat and destroy his cervical vertebrae?) and somehow came out looking hardly damaged at all. Something really smells fishy here.

    • Whiteguy on December 5, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      It was the Freddy Gray mod

  4. beautifullie perfectdenial on January 3, 2016 at 5:10 am

    —{I know this is extremely late and I’ve already commented on this story, BUTT} He was using a sub tank with a steam punk copper clone. I recognized that as soon as I saw it, but I can’t find the exact tank he was using. They say it was a kanger tank, but I can’t find that exact model. This mod looks extremely rigged like the dude bought it off of the internet from someone who had no clue what they were doing. The vape shops that I’ve been to in Colorado Springs would definitely not sell something like this, and if they did then whoever it was needs to be more educated. Also there are so many things online about what to use with Mech mods, this guy should have really looked into this before ever buying a mech mod they’re high maintenance and you have to know what you’re doing.