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21 hurt walking over hot coals at Tony Robbins event recovering

July 23, 2012 |  7:12 am

Breakthrough_With_Tony_RobbinsOrganizers of Tony Robbins' motivational events said they are working with authorities to improve safety after 21 people were hurt while walking over hot coals.

“We have been safely providing this experience for more than three decades. We continue to work with local fire and emergency personnel to ensure this event is always done in the safest way possible," Robbins said in a statement released by his office.

San Jose firefighters treated participants for second- and third-degree burns after they walked across hot coals that were more than 1,000 degrees. Officials said the participants were recovering and that none of the injuries were life-threatening.

The event was held Thursday.

Witness Jonathan Correll, 25, described cries of pain when the participants were burned. "I heard wails of pain, screams of agony," he told the San Jose Mercury News.

One participant told the paper that her feet felt fine right after the walk but that blisters began to form a few minutes later.

She told the paper that she and others soaked their feet in a nearby fountain.

Fire officials said the event had emergency medical personnel on hand and that Robbins' organization had received a proper permit for it.


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Photo: Tony Robbins. Credit: NBC