Skooter reporting 07/22/12
At least 21 people suffered burns and three were injured while walking across hot coals at an event hosted by motivational speaker Tony Robbins, fire officials said. The three of the injured were brought to hospitals where they received treatment.
The reported injuries had second and third degree burns that occurred during the first day Thursday of a four-day event at the San Jose Convention Center sponsored by Robbins called "Unleash the Power Within," San Jose Fire Department Capt. Reggie Williams said.
According to the motivational speaker’s website, walking across hot coals heated to a temp between 1,200 to 2,000 degrees offers attendees a chance to understand that there is absolutely nothing you can surmount.
About 6,000 attendees of the event walked across the glowing coals Thursday, Robbins Research International said in a written statement. Organizers had secured an "open burn permit" and medical staff at the affair, including a fire inspector on the spot, Williams said.
He said, the moment the medical staff became weighed down, our inspector called for us, Williams said. Witness Jonathan Correll heard cries of pain and screams of agony and even saw one young woman seemed to be in horrific pain.
Attendees were being warned that they might get burns or blood blister, participant Sahar Madani told KTVU-TV. It is the aim of the event to get your focus and your attention away from that and look into the power within yourself and concentrate on just walking on the fire, she said.
Robbins Research International was quoted Friday as saying, "We have been safely providing this experience for more than three decades, and always under the supervision of medical personnel ... We continue to work with local fire and emergency personnel to ensure this event is always done in the safest way possible."
Williams did not have any further information, such as the ages or names of those hurt.