Teens all over are literally posting *fire emoji* Instagrams thanks to the new and extremely dangerous #firespraychallenge. The “challenge” is exactly what it sounds like: You light up a flammable aerosol liquid, thus creating gigantic, dragon’s-breath-type fires. For the past three weeks, teens have filmed their pyrotechnic experiments and posted videos on social media under the hashtag #firespraychallenge, reports the New York Daily News. Alas, more often than not — surprise! — this “challenge” doesn’t exactly go to plan.
Kids are apparently setting on fire air freshener, kitchen cleaner, and cologne — all of which have the potential to create a MEGA-flame that could easily get out of control. (It should go without saying but: DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME, KIDS!) In fact, it’s so dangerous that London fire fighters spoke to The Evening Press about the phenomenon:
People as flabbergasted as us have taken to Twitter to express their confusion with #firespraychallenge.
Sure, it may look cool, but we don’t have to tell you that the dangers of a massive ball of fire far outweigh the Instagram likes. Hey teenagers, if you’re not careful, you’ll have to put the fire out with the Ice Bucket Challenge immediately after — and that’s something nobody wants to re-live.