Gurdon man sues vape company after e-cigarette explosion burns genitals

A Gurdon, Arkansas man says his thighs and genitals suffered the brunt of an e-cigarette explosion

Gurdon resident Randy Hooks filed a civil lawsuit in Clark County Circuit Court against Jasleen Enterprises LLC, d/b/a Vapor World, and 10 unidentified John Does.

According to Hooks’s complaint, he walked into an Arkadelphia restaurant on Nov. 19, 2022, when the battery of the e-cigarette in his pocket “spontaneously and unexpectedly exploded”, causing severe burns to the back of his right leg.

Hooks purchased the product, which was unidentified in the complaint but contains a lithium ion battery, from Vapor World on Sept. 9, 2022.

The lawsuit states that Hooks was hospitalized as a result of the battery explosion, and that he received burn treatment afterward and suffers “severe and permanent disfigurement” to the back of his upper thighs and genitals.

Hooks, who has retained Lovell, Nalley & Nalley law firm in Benton, is demanding a jury trial and is seeking punitive damages.

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