Fire Challenge: New ‘Game’ Spreading Online as Videos Show Teens Lighting Themselves on Fire

A new so-called fire challenge game is quickly spreading online and causing harm.

The “game” involves people spreading rubbing alcohol over their bodies and then lighting themselves on fire.

One teen in Lexington, Kentucky who tried the stunt is now recovering in the hospital.

“I just poured alcohol on it, and lit it, and it just automatically went and burst,” the teenager told WKYT.

The teenager said that the videos never show what happens after the people light themselves on fire.

He now knows that it’s dangerous, and wants to send a message to others who are thinking of trying the stunt themselves: Don’t do it.

“What they don’t show at the end of the videos is the consequences of doing this, getting second and third degree burns,” added Lexington Fire Department Captain Chris Harrod said.

Other teens in Charlotte, North Carolina are also getting hurt from the “challenge.”

Ernest Grant, outreach prevention coordinator with N. C. Jaycee Burn Center, told WBTV that there are two new “challenge” cases just this week–both resulted in severe burns.

“They are very serious. One is 10-percent of the body surface area and the other is 20-percent of the body surface area. In both cases these individuals are going to have to have surgery,” Grant said.

 

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