FISHERSVILLE, Va. (WHSV) -- Following reports of e-cigarettes exploding, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York) is calling on the federal government to look into why it is happening. However, local vape store owners say the risk is still low.
File footage of e-cigarette explosion in a vape shop
"The fact that there have been a series of explosions, it's not just a one-off, means we have to do a lot more," said Schumer.
Schumer says the devices are "a ticking time bomb," citing an Associated Press story saying the FDA identified about 66 explosions in 2015 and early 2016.
Keaton Dupree, the owner of High Voltage Vapor in Fishersville, tells WHSV explosions can occur, but typically only with a device called a "mechanical mod."
"(Mechanical) mods in particular are a simple mechanical connection from battery to atomizer to resister essentially and that is when you can run into things perhaps and possibly being unsafe and definitely not in all cases or scenarios," Dupress said.
Dupree says that these cases usually happen when users modify the device in a way that is unsuitable for it.
The Food and Drug Administration says it is reviewing e-cigarettes but Dupree says it is "absolutely ridiculous" to classify all e-cigarettes as ones that could possibly explode.