I don’t pretend to know how fire-eating works, but I have a good sense of when it hasn’t gone as planned. If the fire-eater catches fire, for instance, that probably isn’t part of the show.
Which is exactly what 2,000 kids at a high school pep rally in Florida realized when, lo and behold, a 53-year-old “professional” fire-eater burst into flames before them. In the alarm and confusion that followed—documented by one of the smartphone-equipped millennials in the scrum—the performer set the floor of the gym on fire as well.
school was just caught on fire bc were too lit at pep rallies pic.twitter.com/9qkgpkC1da— lil.duggie (@nikkidugann) March 17, 2016
The fire-eater, Ricky Charles—stage name “Inferno”—suffered serious injuries but is reportedly in good condition. Meanwhile, 20 others were treated for injuries, with eight hospitalized.
ACHS: all student complaints were respiratory in nature. Only burn victim was adult performer. Patients transported by our crews and @PBCFR.— Delray Beach Fire (@DelrayBeachFire) March 17, 2016
Man, how is spring break gonna live up to that?