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Are selfies to blame for Tony Robbins hot coal walking mass casualty incident in Dallas?


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In Dallas, Texas last night approximately 7000 people walked across hot coals as part of a Tony Robbins motivational seminar. About 40 of those people ended up with minor burns and five were sent to the hospital. The question now is whether selfies were to blame?

Demond Fernandez, WFAA-TV:

Trainers for Robbins’ motivational seminars told News 8 walking on coals is a very emotional experience for people, and that participants were doing something they didn’t think was possible.


But we saw just how painful a reality that exercise was for a large group of people attending the “Unleash the Power Within” seminar in Dallas Thursday night.

Several ambulances were staged outside the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. Paramedics treated dozens of people from the sold-out program for burn injuries to their feet and legs.

“From my observation, there was someone in front of us and someone behind us on their cell phone, taking selfies and taking pictures,” said Jacqueline Luxemberg, who completed the fire walk. “[She asked others] to video record for her, so I think that that has a lot to do with it.”

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