Passengers move through security screening inside Denver International Airport's main terminal in July 2009. (Karl Gehring, The Denver Post)

Vape pen sparks fire in security line at Denver airport

A vape pen disassembled by its owner to prevent sparking a fire did just that when it passed through an x-ray in the TSA security line at Denver International Airport in January, according to an incident report released Friday.

The vape pen’s exposed lithium-ion battery led to a man’s satchel catching fire in the Transportation Security Administration checkpoint around 5 p.m. on Jan. 30, according to the report from the Denver Fire Department. A TSA agent immediately put out the flames with a fire extinguisher.

The whole incident only took 55 seconds but it still meant waiting travelers had to evacuate and wait for other security lines to open, the report said.

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