E-cigarette devices are randomly and unexpectedly exploding, burning and maiming people unlucky enough to be near them when they detonate, researchers report.

The University of Washington Regional Burn Center in Seattle has treated 22 people for burns and other injuries caused by exploding e-cigarettes since October 2015, said Dr. Elisha Brownson, a burn/critical care surgical fellow at the hospital.

“Once we realized this was a trend at our center, we felt the need to get the word out,” Brownson said. “We want consumers to know this is a risk.”

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