In a dangerous challenge playing out on YouTube where kids douse themselves in alcohol then light themselves on fire, a 12-year-old Queens boy is recovering from burns after pulling the stunt. The unnamed boy is currently in critical condition at a local New York hospital.
The New York Post reports:
A 12-year-old Queens boy who was critically injured when he lit himself on fire Tuesday night did it as part of a dangerous YouTube stunt called the “fire challenge,” police sources said.
The boy was at his Far Rockaway home on Watjean Court around 8:30 p.m. when he splashed himself with rubbing alcohol and set himself ablaze while standing in the bathtub, sources said.
He was supposed to extinguish himself with water in the shower but was unable to do so, according to sources.
The boy suffered third-degree burns to 40 percent of his body but is expected to survive the harrowing ordeal. A video clip below shows the stunt, but not the boy, in question.
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