E-cig explodes, damaging truck

E-cig explodes, damaging truck »Play Video
A photo of the damage to the truck

EUGENE, Ore. - An e-cigarette left charging in a car for about 2 hours exploded, damaging the car, according to the owner.

"You plug it in here and it goes in your cigarette lighter," expalined Judy Timmons, who purchased the e-cig as an alternative to traditional cigarettes. "I'm just glad my grandkids weren't in the backseat because it could have exploded at any time."

The fire caused extensive damage to the stereo system and the interior of the truck, he said.

"It had enough power and momentum to shoot all the way to the backseat," said Larry Timmons.

E-cigs have gained in popularity, touted as being less harmful than conventional cigarettes. The devices are so common, you can buy them at many convenience stores.