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International: USA – Seminar backfires

August 2016

More than 30 people who paid to walk on hot coals at an event with motivational speaker Tony Robbins were treated for burns.

According to an Associated Press report, the people had attended the convention in Dallas to conquer their fears. Thirty were burned, five seriously enough to be taken to hospital.  Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said the hot coals were spread outside the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Centre as part of a four-day Robbins seminar called ‘Unleash the Power Within’.

People can pay up to $500 (£386) to take part in a coal-walking; seminars can cost upwards of $1000 (£772). The reports said some of the people were stopping to take selfies or videoing their experience.

Apparently, it seemed staff members did not allow the coals to cool enough before adding more to the pile, which was about three to four feet wide and about 20 feet long.