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A TikTok challenge involving a makeshift “flame-thrower” landed a North Carolina teen in a burn center.
Mason Dark, 16, reportedly inspired by a dare on the social media platform, was using a lighter and a can of spray paint to improvise a torch Sunday, his mother, Holli Dark, told WRAL-TV.
As so often happens with TikTok challenges, the stunt went horribly wrong.
The paint can exploded, setting the boy’s clothing on fire.
“They all heard a big boom, and then Mason came running out and [he] started taking off his shirt,” she told the news outlet.
He then jumped into a nearby river to extinguish the flames.
Both those actions — ripping off the shirt and jumping in the water — complicated the situation, the mother said.
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