The Wayne County Sherrif’s Office was called to assist the Wayne County Fire Marshal with a “vapor-air explosion” incident that sent one Dudley man to Wayne Memorial Hospital.
Detective Sgt. Anthony Mullis responded to assist Fire Marshal Brian Taylor with investigating the report of an explosion at 386 JC Price Drive in Dudley and after some time investigating the scene, the aftermath indicated that the explosion was caused by “some type of vapor-air.” The victim’s name was Adam Wayne Beard who lived at the residence and he was transported to Wayne Memorial Hospital for treatment and after realizing he suffered burns from the incident, Mr. Beard was transported to Chapel Hill Burn Center.
Detective Sgt. Mullis and Mr. Taylor are still going through the process of investigating at the this time, but they currently do not suspect any foul play in the explosion. According to the Wayne County Sherrif’s Office, further details will be realeased as they become available.
According to a report from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 195 incidents of an explosion or fire involving electronic cigarettes were reported by U.S. media between 2009 and 2016. Electronic ways of smoking has become a trend in the United States and a lot of people are using things such as vapes and Juuls to replace cigarettes, but there are many dangers that go along with using electronic products for tobacco intake.