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Clallam (WA) man burned in lighter fluid tag game
Peninsula Daily News (WA) ^ | 5/20/09 | Tom Callis

Posted on 05/20/2009 1:10:24 PM PDT by llevrok

PORT ANGELES -- A game of tag with a flame and lighter fluid has sent an unidentified man to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle to be treated for serious injuries, said the Clallam County Fire District No. 2 chief.

Volunteer paramedics and emergency medical technicians were called to an area 2 miles east of Port Angeles at about 8 p.m. Monday, said Fire Chief Jon Bugher.

Bugher said several people had been playing a game called "lighter tag," which involves squirting themselves with lighter fluid and then lighting the clothing of the person who is "it."

The tagged person beats the flames out before "tagging" another person.

Bugher refused to name the person who was burned, give his age, or say exactly where he was when he was burned, citing the patient privacy law of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA.

Without a name, hospital personnel cannot report the condition of a patient.

Bugher said he was told by people at the residence that lighter tag is a new fad, but this is the first incident he has heard of in Clallam County.

"To be honest with you, in my mind, I was just stunned," he said.

"It sure scared us."

He added, "If people are doing this, if they are teenagers or young adults, they are really putting themselves at risk.

"If someone comes home and their clothing looks singed or burned, people need to be asking and be aware."

Although Clallam County sheriff's deputies weren't called to investigate, Sheriff Bill Benedict said he will look into the incident to see if criminal charges would be appropriate.

Benedict said this is also the first time he has heard of such a game.

Citing privacy laws, Bugher also declined to say how many people he believed were playing lighter tag


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: fail; holdmahbeer; lighterfluid; lightertag; tag
There's your sign......
1 posted on 05/20/2009 1:10:24 PM PDT by llevrok
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To: llevrok

Oh dear....that does play into the stereotype....


2 posted on 05/20/2009 1:11:54 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: llevrok

I’m going to hazard a guess and say that alcohol was very likely involved.


3 posted on 05/20/2009 1:11:55 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: llevrok

NO....There can’t be such a game. This is a joke. Has to be...No one is that stupid.


4 posted on 05/20/2009 1:12:14 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: llevrok

When we were kids we used to put lighter fluid on our shoes at night , light them and run down the street . Looked like Ghost Rider way before the comic or movie came out .


5 posted on 05/20/2009 1:12:31 PM PDT by Renegade (You go tell my buddies)
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To: llevrok

6 posted on 05/20/2009 1:12:52 PM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (The emperor has no pedigree.)
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To: llevrok

Recently in our burn unit we had the loser of a game of “set your brother’s pants on fire.’


7 posted on 05/20/2009 1:13:35 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: llevrok

Lighter fluid or chlorine, either one can clean up the gene pool.


8 posted on 05/20/2009 1:13:58 PM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Renegade

Is that why people call you Stumpy?


9 posted on 05/20/2009 1:14:02 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 121 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: llevrok
Here he is now ...


10 posted on 05/20/2009 1:15:40 PM PDT by tx_eggman (Clinton was our first black President ... Obama is our first French President.)
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To: Drango

Have you heard of the Darwin Awards?


11 posted on 05/20/2009 1:15:42 PM PDT by theDentist (qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspell.)
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To: Drango
...No one is that stupid.

And our President is...?

12 posted on 05/20/2009 1:16:16 PM PDT by polymuser ("We have a right to debate and disagree with any administration!" (HRC))
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To: llevrok

I’m stuned. This can’t be series!


13 posted on 05/20/2009 1:16:38 PM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: llevrok

14 posted on 05/20/2009 1:17:34 PM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: null and void

Been called much worse than that .


15 posted on 05/20/2009 1:18:05 PM PDT by Renegade (You go tell my buddies)
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To: llevrok
They're calling this activity a game??
16 posted on 05/20/2009 1:18:21 PM PDT by Ken522
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To: llevrok

I guess they couldn’t play ‘Tag’ because someone misplaced the Lawn Darts


17 posted on 05/20/2009 1:19:20 PM PDT by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: llevrok
"If someone comes home and their clothing looks singed or burned, people need to be asking and be aware."

"Listen to Fire Marshall Bill kids! Don't try this at home!"

18 posted on 05/20/2009 1:19:32 PM PDT by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd: ON)
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To: llevrok

What happened to tag, hide-and-go-seek, a pick up game of basketball, a baseball game, a football game, stick ball etc... This is why I go to my kids school sometimes to pick them up. They think I want to surprise them (which I do want to do also), but I want to see who they are hanging out with and what kind of games they are playing.


19 posted on 05/20/2009 1:20:15 PM PDT by Mind Freed ("Every man has the right to be a fool 5 minutes a day. Wisdom is not exceeding the limit.")
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To: llevrok; All

This is proof that darwin’s theory of evolution can also be shifted into reverse ! These folks are literally dumber than my neighbors dog ! I well & truly fear for the future of my country & western civilization cause these jokers are the shape of things to come. 8*(


20 posted on 05/20/2009 1:21:05 PM PDT by Nebr FAL owner (.308 reach out & thump someone .50 cal.Browning Machine gun reach out & crush someone)
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To: llevrok

NO NO NO!... its “LIAR LIAR pants on fire” you idiots!


21 posted on 05/20/2009 1:21:48 PM PDT by Safrguns
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To: Ken522

> They’re calling this activity a game??

The kids who play this “game” are the same sort of kids who used to lick the tether-ball pole during the middle of Canadian winter back in the 1960’s, leaving behind little patches of tongue-leather stuck on the pole to slowly petrify and turn into stone. Stupid kids. You remember:

“Hey, Stupid kid! I’ll pay you a quarter if you lick the tetherball pole!”


22 posted on 05/20/2009 1:24:41 PM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: llevrok

23 posted on 05/20/2009 1:26:41 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: llevrok
Bugher said several people had been playing a game called "lighter tag," which involves squirting themselves with lighter fluid and then lighting the clothing of the person who is "it."

The tagged person beats the flames out before "tagging" another person.

I've found it's never a good idea to start a question off with "Just how stupid do you have to be before..."

Somebody always answers it for you.

24 posted on 05/20/2009 1:32:07 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: llevrok
"To be honest with you, in my mind, I was just stunned," he said.

But, was his beeber stunned as well?

25 posted on 05/20/2009 1:34:01 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (It took almost 250 years to make the USA great and 30 days for "The Failure" BO to tear it down.)
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To: llevrok

And to think, Obama is counting on idiots like this to get re-elected in 2012.


26 posted on 05/20/2009 1:34:05 PM PDT by proudpapa (Obama - Worst One Ever!)
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To: proudpapa

Obviously 0bama voters.


27 posted on 05/20/2009 1:37:14 PM PDT by Evie Munchkin (Sarah in 2012!)
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To: llevrok

As my uncle used to call it, this screams for the “ODF” defense: Own Damn Fault. Sheesh...

Colonel, USAFR


28 posted on 05/20/2009 1:51:15 PM PDT by jagusafr ("Bugs, Mr. Rico! Zillions of 'em!" - Robert Heinlein)
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To: llevrok

Evolution in Action.


29 posted on 05/20/2009 1:56:25 PM PDT by nina0113
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To: Lurker

“Hold mah beer!”


30 posted on 05/20/2009 2:06:43 PM PDT by Califreak (Stammer Lee, TOTUS and Beltway Bob have turned 1600 into a circus)
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To: Ken522

I only feel sorry for the paramedics, doctors & nurses who have to deal with their stupidity.


31 posted on 05/20/2009 2:30:20 PM PDT by FES0844
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