Sometimes when you visit a Sunglass Hut in a New Jersey mall, you walk out with a cool pair of new shades. Other times your freakin’ vape pen explodes in your fancy-ass, Louis Vuitton purse and you leave with a ruined $1,900 bag.
The latter situation happened to Mara McInerney earlier this week when she was shopping at the Sunglass Hut store at the Freehold Raceway Mall. Seems the battery to her vape exploded, sending smoke wafting into the store.
“Terrifying, scary. It sounded like a gunshot. It sounded like a bomb went off,” McInerney told NBC New York. “It was 9/11. I thought someone had put something in my bag.”
No one was injured, though McInerney said her four-year-old daughter often plays with her purse and could have been hurt. “It could have exploded in her face,” she said.
While rare, vape pens have been known to explode before. NBC reports there have been two dozen similar incidents since 2009, and Gizmodo notes two men were injured earlier this year when their vapes exploded in their pockets.
Posted By: Taylor Berman