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Dangerous social media trend has teens on fire

Sunday, August 03, 2014 - 00:59

A dangerous new trend spreading on social media has teens setting themselves on fire. Linda So reports.

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Inside this California home, officials say a 16-year-old boy set himself on fire suffering serious burns... it's all part of a dangerous new trend spreading on social media. SOUNDBITE: FIRE CAPTAIN LARRY KURTZ, SAYING: "He used nail polish remover, poured it on his chest and lit it on fire. As a result he suffered burned to his neck, his hips and his face." Officials say the boy was taking part in what's become known on social media as the fire challenge. SOUNDBITE: FIRE CAPTAIN LARRY KURTZ, SAYING: "They challenge each other to light different parts of their bodies on fire." Videos of the stunt are then posted online. The dangerous trend that's growing in popularity among teens has proven deadly. SOUNDBITE: FIRE CAPTAIN LARRY KURTZ, SAYING: "What these videos do not show is the aftermath of the situation is usually where they suffer severe burns. And it's not just the burns that they need to worry about it's inhaling the superheated gases that can destroy their lung tissue. This has been proven fatal in the past." A 15 year old boy from New York recently died after taking part in the challenge.

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Dangerous social media trend has teens on fire

Sunday, August 03, 2014 - 00:59