London Fire Brigade Warns Teens: Don’t Light Yourself on Fire
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LONDON, May 19 (UPI) — The London Fire Brigade is warning teens not to attempt a “stupid and dangerous” stunt called the “fire challenge,” which involves lighting oneself on fire.
The “fire challenge” trend, which has become popular on Facebook and YouTube, involves a person — usually a teenager — pouring flammable liquid on their body and then igniting themselves before jumping into a body of water.
“This is a stupid and dangerous craze. You’re almost certain to seriously injure yourself, and fire can easily spread to furniture and other flammable household items which is a risk to others,” a London Fire Brigade spokesman said.
The viral trend has been blamed for numerous injuries. Some media outlets reported a 15-year-old Buffalo, N.Y., boy died while attempting the stunt last year, but those reports appear to be based on a hoax article from a satirical news site.