I can’t even walk across a beach on a hot day barefoot without yelping in pain, but maybe I’ll do it more now that I realize it was subtly adjusting my neuro-linguistic programming, thereby allowing me to achieve my life goals. And that was just sand — imagine how walking across 2,000-degree coals can change your life… after you’re released from the burn unit, that is.
From the Washington Post:
Fire officials said 21 people at an event hosted by motivational speaker Tony Robbins suffered burns while walking across hot coals and three of the injured were treated at hospitals.
The injuries took place during the first day Thursday of a four-day event at the San Jose Convention Center hosted by Robbins called “Unleash the Power Within.” Most of those hurt had second and third degree burns, said San Jose Fire Department Capt. Reggie Williams.
Walking across hot coals on lanes measuring 10 feet long and heated to between 1,200 to 2,000 degrees provides attendees an opportunity to “understand that there is absolutely nothing you can’t overcome,” according to the motivational speaker’s website.
Organizers had an “open burn permit” and medical staff at the event, and there was also a fire inspector on the scene, Williams said.
“Once they (the medical staff) became overwhelmed, our inspector called for us,” Williams said.
Witness Jonathan Correll was not attending the event, but when he saw a large crowd gathered on a closed-off surface street near the convention center, he got off the light rail he was riding to see what was going on.
“I just heard these screams of agony,” he told The Associated Press. People were in pain. It sounded like people were being tortured.”
Correll, 25, of San Jose, said he saw three ambulances, about 10 to 15 people on the ground being treated by paramedics and some people being wheeled away on stretchers.
“It was really just chaos,” he said.
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According to Robbins, those who failed the hot coal test have to do some sole-searching.