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Teens Set Themselves Ablaze And Jump Off Bridge (Video)

| by Zara Zhi
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If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you? That question was answered when a group of teens from Russia filmed themselves being set on fire and jumping off a bridge for social media fame (video below).

The bizarre act occurred in the southwestern city of Penza, Russia, and was posted to social media.

The video begins with a teenager being drenched in a flammable liquid before an accomplice sets fire to his coat with a lighter. As the young men starts to burn, he leaps from the bridge and splashes into the muddy waters below.

A second video was filmed from below and features two teens on fire jumping off the same bridge, almost in unison, to the enjoyment of their friends.

The two young men are later seen swimming in the murky water, unscathed, after they jumped. One of the teenagers said his motive for the stunt was to gain popularity on social media, according to the Daily Mail.

“We did it for the likes on social media," he said. "We took the idea from a blogger. We made a bet with our friends and jumped off the bridge. We wanted to get a lot of views.”

Local authorities are investigating the incident and have reportedly arrested at least one of the young men. This is not the first time Russian youngsters have filmed themselves performing dangerous feats.

Earlier in 2016, Russian trio Ivan Kuznetsov, 22, Alihan, 20, and Ivan Semenov, 24, used a drone to capture themselves scaling the Eiffel Tower in Paris -- without safety gear -- in windy conditions. 

The three men survived the climb up the 985-foot structure and then down again without getting caught by security.  

Similar video has appeared online of Russian youngsters setting themselves ablaze and jumping from dangerous heights into the snow to cool off.

Sources: Daily Mail, YouTube / Photo credit: CEN via Daily Mail

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