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O.C. woman burned as beach rocks catch fire in her pocket

May 16, 2012 |  7:52 pm

A San Clemente woman suffered severe burns after rocks that she had picked up at San Onofre State Beach burst into flames in the pocket of her cargo shorts last weekend, according to a report from KABC-TV Channel 7.

The 43-year-old San Clemente woman, who was not identified, was visiting the beach last Saturday with her family, and had collected seven colored rocks, Orange County fire officials told  the television station.

Apparently because of  the friction, the rocks caught fire, igniting the woman's shorts.

The woman had second- and third-degree burns on her legs, and her husband was burned on his hands as he tried to help her, fire officials said.

Officials in Orange County told KABC that the incident remains under investigation, with authorities from the county health care agency saying that two of the rocks might have contained a "phosphorus substance."


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