Man sets mouth on fire during stunt at COVID-19 vigil

By Melissa Busch, DrBicuspid.com assistant editor

April 9, 2020 -- A man accidentally set his mouth on fire while attempting a stunt during a vigil held in India on April 5 to show support for workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to news reports.

The man, who was not identified, miraculously suffered only minor burns to the inside of his mouth.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for India to turn off lights and light candles or flash mobile torches from their balconies for nine minutes on April 5 to show solidarity with "corona warriors" and to "challenge the darkness" that the virus brings. People around the globe have shown their support for doctors, nurses, scientists, healthcare staff, first responders, and other essential workers by sending messages of thanks, applauding, and having meals delivered to those working the hardest during the pandemic.

The fire-breather defied India's lockdown orders to show off his trick, which involves exhaling the fine mist of fuel over an open flame to form a fireball.

On the evening of the vigil, the man walked out into a street in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, which had multiple bystanders.

Seconds into the stunt, the area of the fire-breather's mouth became ignited. His audience rushed to his aid upon seeing the alarming flame coming from his mouth. They tried patting out the flames but ended up taking him to shelter and dousing him with water, extinguishing the fire, according to reports.


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