North Carolina boy burned after re-creating YouTube trick

SALISBURY, N.C. - Authorities say a North Carolina boy suffered severe second-degree burns when he tried to re-create a YouTube video showing how to use a lighter with a bottle of perfume to create a flash fire.

Police in Salisbury told local media outlets that the incident occurred Wednesday when some children gathered at a home to try to recreate the trick. Capt. Sheila Lingle said the 8-year-old child's clothes were sprayed with perfume and the lighter ignited nearby, setting his clothes on fire.

Lingle said the boy suffered severe second-degree burns to his arms, neck and face. He was taken to a Winston-Salem hospital, 39 miles (62 kilometres) north of Salisbury.

YouTube has multiple videos demonstrating how to create a fire ball and flame thrower with perfume and other products.

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