Unsurprisingly once again a TikTok challenge gone wrong had severe consequences for a 16-year-old teenager, whose 80% body got burned.
The positive and negative impacts of TikTok are debatable. While there is a faction of US-based policy and lawmakers who continuously stress the site’s harmful social impacts on teenagers, a growing number of young adults emphasize the app’s ability to spread information.
However, from time to time a certain kind of incident happens with the app that alarms everyone about the danger this app poses. This time a 16-year-old from North Carolina faced the insidious impacts of the app. Mason Dark and his friends were partaking in a fire challenge that involved creating a makeshift torch with a spray paint can and a lighter.
This challenge turned out to be dangerous, as the can exploded, which covered Dark’s 80% body in burns. His mother, Holli Dark said “He’s unrecognizable. Unrecognizable.” The teenager was immediately taken to the UNC burn center, where he has been going through many surgeries.
During the challenge, Dark jumped into a river nearby as soon as he realized that his shirt was on fire. Unfortunately, this did not help him, as when he came out of the river his skin was charred and there is a possibility that the river water might have infected his burns.
More about the fire challenge gone wrong on TikTok
This is not the first time that a TikTok challenge has been life-threatening. Rather, earlier people have even died from performing certain challenges. An infamous challenge was the skull breaker challenge which involved three people. Two individuals would often kick the legs of the third guy who jumped in the air. This challenge resulted in the death of a schoolboy.
Additionally, there was also a back cracking challenge, where everyone attempted to crack the backs of others like chiropractors. This challenge had dire consequences, as it caused back injuries among many individuals who tried it.