Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 a teen in Orlando was set on fire while attempting the internet’s newest challenge- the “fire challenge”. According to Local 10 News,
“Robert Seals, 15, will be flown to Cincinnati on Tuesday for treatment of his severe burns, his aunt, Lisa Oliphant, said.
“All his skin is off, arms peeled, hair burnt,” said Oliphant, who watched another teen light her nephew on fire Monday around 7 p.m. near their home on Forestdale Drive in Orlando. “I see the little boy walk up and gush something on him and then flick. I see the little flick, and then my nephew’s running down the street on fire.”
This statement sounds pretty familiar. “Oh lawd Jesus it’s a fire!” as Sweet Brown would say. The two teens were trying the “fire challenge” when disaster struck. This is why warnings say do not try this at home.
“Orange County deputies said Seals has burns on 20 percent of his body, but is in stable condition after neighborhood teens were playing a “fire challenge” seen all over the Internet. In cases all over the country, videos show people dousing themselves with a flammable liquid, then setting themselves on fire before putting out the flames. Instead, the dangerous trend has sent people to the hospital.
Esther Ruiz lives in the neighborhood and said, “I’m scared for my daughter to be playing out here knowing kids are lighting other kids on fire. It just doesn’t make sense to me.”
In this case, deputies said Seals doused himself with rubbing alcohol, then dared a friend to light a match and put it to his clothes.”
The fire-starting teen was not arrested in this case, and Seals is currently on life support recovering from the burns. The “fire challenge” was not something that I remember from growing up in Florida, and hopefully this challenge ends very soon.