A 15-year-old boy in Kentucky suffered severe second-degree burns after lighting himself on fire as part of the “Fire Challenge” that’s become popular online.
Reports say that the teen was trying to mimic videos he saw online by pouring alcohol onto his chest and setting himself on fire. The point of the challenge is to burn off the hair, but in this teen’s case, he wound up doing more damage than that.
“Unbearable, yea, basically,” the teen said, according to CBS Cleveland. “Literally after it got put out it was already blistering, it’s just hard.”
The teen says he realizes now that none of the videos show the aftermath of the challenge, and in retrospect, he never thought about what could go wrong.
“Just watching it and never seeing what ended and just being childish,” said the 15-year-old.
“I don't know, I wasn't thinking really,” the teen admitted to WKYT.
A firefighter who responded to the scene said that the boy would unfortunately have to deal with the consequences of his actions for the rest of his life.
“After getting a second or third degree burn later on in life if you get a sunburn it’s going to be compounded by these particular burns,” said the firefighter.
Child services have reportedly been contacted and are investigating the incident.
Sources: CBS Cleveland, Washington Post, WFMY News 2, WKYT