Published: Fri, January 24, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

New viral internet challenge terrifies fire officials: 'Endangering everyone'

New viral internet challenge terrifies fire officials: 'Endangering everyone'

Sticking a foreign object in an electrical outlet or between a legitimate electrical plug and the outlet can also create a significant fire risk.

According to local news reports, high school students in MA have been imitating a risky viral video circulating on the social media app TikTok.

The boys allegedly touched a penny to the exposed metal prongs of a partially plugged in phone charger, causing the sockets to spark, according to the statement. He said the results of the challenge can lead to "sparks, electrical system damage, and in some cases fire" and referenced two serious cases: One where a mother in Holden, Mass., raised concern over a scorched outlet in the house and another at Westford Academy which the Department of Fire Services investigated.

Firefighters in MA first issued warnings about the challenge after it caused outlet damage at several high schools.

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The Holden Fire Department on Wednesday released a photo of a scorched wall outlet and wrote: "The Holden Fire Department would like to warn parents of a new viral teen video that may result in fire incidents and cause serious injury".

Plymouth police say these actions are unsafe and will not be tolerated. They also face charges.

Videos of the challenge have been popping up on TikTok, a popular video social media platform. A Westford student who participated in the challenge is facing charges, Ostroskey said.

Along with MA fire officials who have issued fire alerts about the dangers of this activity, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is urging the public not to participate in this challenge. "Parents need to talk to their children and tell them if you see this stuff, don't try to imitate it". "Alert them to this challenge, advise them to, not only look for signs of fire play like scorched outlets, but to have conversations about fire and electrical safety with tweens and teenagers".

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