The teenager, who has not been named, told WKYT-TV late last week he was attempting the “fire challenge,” in which a person pours alcohol on his skin and lights it on fire. Some post videos of their own attempts on social media. The stunt even has its own hashtag: #firechallenge.
Some of the videos also show people spraying areas of their bodies with aerosol cans before striking the match to singe off portions of body hair.
When asked why he tried it, he told WKYT-TV, “I don’t know; I wasn’t thinking really.” He said that the one thing the videos never showed was the end.
“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 WKYT-TV.
Lexington Police told reporters they have asked child services to also investigate the incident.