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An Explosion at Vaping Supplier Kills One Person and Injures a Firefighter in Clinton Township, Michigan

Clinton Township, MI –  A 19-year-old man died, and a firefighter suffered injuries after an explosion ripped through a building housing vaping suppliers.

The young man lost his life when a canister struck him a quarter-mile away from the building. A firefighter sustained injuries when a canister struck a fire vehicle’s windshield. Flying debris reached as far as a mile away.

According to reports, the building became engulfed in flames, resulting in a series of explosions.

The building stored over 100,000 vape pens and had recently received a shipment of butane canisters, which contributed to the intensity of the blast.

Authorities, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), have launched an investigation into the cause of the explosion.

Thoughts on explosions

Sadly, history will remind us that explosions like this one are almost always preventable and should never happen. The loss of this young man’s life and another person sustaining injuries as a result of these explosions leaves us with many unanswered questions. For one, what caused this explosion? Were flammables appropriately stored? Proper storage of hazardous equipment is essential for everyone’s safety. This means keeping away from heat sources and storing them in controlled environments. Did the supplier follow these simple safety guidelines? If negligence is found to be a factor in this incident, accountability must be enforced.

The surviving family of this young man who lost his life deserves answers. They deserve to know the factors that led to this terrible explosion that took their loved one away from them.

May all the facts come to light soon.


The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.

Disclaimer: This post is not legal advice. Information contained in this blog was compiled from third-party sources or is the opinion of the author. Please inform us immediately if false or misleading information is contained in this post.


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