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Watch: At least 50 burned by throwing boiling water into the air

While it’s a cool trick when it freezes, a growing number of people across the country have gone to the ER for serious burns

By EMS1 Staff

It’s so cold out that when you throw a potful of boiling water into the air, it will freeze before hitting the ground. Except for when it doesn’t.

A growing number of people across the country have gone to the ER for serious burns after trying out the trick and having it fail, and public health officials and bloggers are warning the public that they may get scorched.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports two kids went to the hospital for facial burns, and the Los Angeles Times has counted at least 50 people who claimed on social media that they got scalded.

The gimmick isn’t limited to the general public. When temperatures plunged across the Midwest, an ABC News reporter demonstrated the boiling water trick on air, as did TV meteorologists in Kentucky.

“Something so fun to do with the kids,” said meteorologist Michael Estime of Lexington’s WTVQ. 

WCCO anchor Jason DeRusha in Minneapolis tweeted to his followers, “Do it, people.” 

But seriously — don’t.

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Branden Sellers Branden Sellers Wednesday, January 08, 2014 1:28:42 PM AHHHHHH……NATURAL SELECTION ..AS IT'S FINEST!!!!!
Heidi Miller Heidi Miller Wednesday, January 08, 2014 1:36:37 PM Darwin award.
Benjamin Herrera Jr. Benjamin Herrera Jr. Wednesday, January 08, 2014 3:49:00 PM Do it people!
Darren Amos Darren Amos Wednesday, January 08, 2014 7:44:53 PM Job security
Yedidya Ben-Avie Yedidya Ben-Avie Wednesday, January 08, 2014 10:28:41 PM EMS, we can't fix stupid
Dave Trevett Dave Trevett Thursday, January 09, 2014 4:15:12 AM It's a thinning of the herd.
Jose Mustang Jose Mustang Thursday, January 09, 2014 6:41:43 AM The lady did it with a cup of hot water not a pot these people are stupid and should be weeded out of the society
Xander Sue Conway Xander Sue Conway Thursday, January 09, 2014 2:37:18 PM Tossers
Joe Ukasik Joe Ukasik Friday, January 10, 2014 6:03:12 AM We used a 60 ml syringe to be able to point it in a safe direction.
Ian Vandegrift Ian Vandegrift Friday, January 10, 2014 7:44:48 PM but stubidity gives us job security

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