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O.C. woman still hospitalized after beach rocks ignite, burn her

May 17, 2012 |  5:00 am

A San Clemente woman remains hospitalized with severe burns she suffered after rocks collected from an Orange County beach ignited in the pocket of her cargo shorts, authorities said.

The 44-year-old woman, who has not been identified, went to San Onofre State Beach with her family on Saturday, where her children collected colored rocks. The woman took the rocks from her children and put them in her pocket. After the family returned home, the rocks combusted in her right pocket, said Capt. Marc Stone of the Orange County Fire Authority.

Stone said paramedics arrived to find that the woman had suffered second- and third-degree burns from her right thigh down to her right knee, as well as second-degree burns on her right hand. Her husband also had burns on his hands after attempting to help her.

Stone said the rocks are being examined by county health officials to determine what caused them to ignite.


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-- Rick Rojas in Orange County