Firewalk at Tony Robbins Event Injures 21

Walking across hot coals unleashed the power of 911 calls.

By Chris Roberts
|  Friday, Jul 20, 2012  |  Updated 2:20 PM PDT
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Firewalk at Tony Robbins Event Injures 21

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Tony Robbins is a motivational speaker. His website touts the "firewalk experience."

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The power is within you to walk across hot coals. The power is also with medical professionals to treat you for the subsequent burns.
 
More than 20 people were treated for burn injuries after participating in a firewalk at a Tony Robbins event in downtown San Jose on Thursday, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

 
Robbins, a self-help guru and motivational speaker, asked some of the 6,000 people who attended his seminar at the San Jose Convention center to walk across one of 12 lanes of "hot coals" set up outside.
 
A 25-year old college student said he heard "wails of pain, screams of agony" from participants in the firewalk, the newspaper reported. "It was horrific."
 
Robbins's Web site promotes "The Firewalk Experience," in which people walk across coals ranging in temperature from 1,200 to 2,000 degrees Farenheit, the newspaper reported.
 
Fire officials said emergency responders treated 21 people for burns at the scene, and more 911 calls from people in area hotels, the newspaper reported.
 
Officials from the San Jose Fire Department say they "discourage" people from walking over hot coals.
 

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