Why teenagers are filming themselves on fire in new Ice Bucket Challenge

The phrase ‘playing with fire’ has taken on a whole new meaning. Thrill-seeking teenagers hoping to out-do each other are posting shocking videos of themselves being set on fire as part of an online ‘Fire Challenge‘ craze.

Pouring alcohol or nail varnish remover over their bodies, they light the liquid before being doused in water by laughing (or screaming) onlookers.One terrified teen can be seen leaping straight into a swimming pool, but others aren’t so lucky, rolling around on the floor trying to put out the flames while people continue filming.

The dangerous fad started earlier this year in America, but has gained notoriety after the success of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, with more and more people trying to release the most extreme video yet. Many of the videos are so horrific they have now been removed by YouTube.

‘What they don’t show at the end of the videos is the consequences of doing this – getting second and third degree burns,’ Lexington Fire Department Captain Chris Harrod told reporters.

One 16-year-old victim has warned against the trend. Fernando Valencia ended up in hospital after pouring nail varnish remover on his body and setting himself alight. Doctors have told him he may need skin grafts to heal the damage.

Daisy Schumer from Missouri, one of the youngest victims, has also spoken out after being taken to hospital with burns down her back. She is just 12 years old.

‘This person poured perfume on my stomach and then I told her to stop and then she lit the lighter and I was rolling on the ground trying to get it out and it burned my back,’ she said.

In another shocking video, a teenager from North Carolina doused himself in nail polish remover and set himself alight, sustaining minor burns to his chest and neck. But what was equally horrific, was the video, which has now gone viral, was filmed by his MUM. Janie Talley, 41, has since been arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

There doesn’t seem much funny or impressive to us about self-inflicted third degree burns. How about we all stick to buckets of ice cold water for a good cause instead, hmm?

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