E-Cigarette Battery Explodes In Handbag, Prompts Mall Scare

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — Surveillance video has captured an e-cigarette explosion at a New Jersey mall that left a woman’s Louis Vuitton bag smoking as she stood at a checkout counter, scaring a worker and another shopper.

The footage shows a cloud of black smoke pour out of the purse on Sunday and captured the surprise of those in a sunglasses store at the Freehold Raceway Mall, including a worker and the bag’s owner, Mara McInerney.

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McInerney can be seen then dumping its charred contents onto the floor. She says everything inside had either melted or burned.

McInerney says the battery of her e-cigarette had been in a pocket by itself and exploded.

No one was hurt.

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