What Is the TikTok 'Fire Challenge'? Teen Hospitalized in New Online Craze

TikTok, the video-sharing app popular with young people, is awash with unlikely trends and crazes.

However, in the never-ending pursuit of likes and views, some have resorted to dangerous activity. The most recent of these is the "Fire Challenge."

A 13-year-old in Oregon has ended up in the ICU with severe burns to her neck and arms after allegedly having participated in the social media trend.

But what exactly does the alarming craze entail?

What is the "Fire Challenge?"

The "Fire Challenge" appears to have stemmed from Jack Jerry's account, and it shows the TikTok creator spraying hairspray onto a mirror then turning off the lights and setting it on fire.

This is obviously extremely dangerous and in a confined space could easily result in disaster.

Jerry has responded to different requests for shapes, including making a heart on the bathroom mirror.

One of the videos has received more than 747,800 views and 72,600 likes.

In total, Jerry has a wide sphere of influence on the app, having 1.8 million followers and a total of 35.9 million likes to his account.

What happened to the 13-year-old?

Destini Crane apparently tried the trend and it resulted in a bottle of isopropyl alcohol exploding and damaging her face and body. She has had to undergo a tracheotomy and two skin graft surgeries.

Her sister Andrea told FOX12 Oregon on Monday: "There was a capped bottle of alcohol sitting on the counter, and the whole side of it had busted open, and there was a lighter and broken candle. So, that's just kind of the conclusion we came to."

Her mother Kimberly Crane revealed that they believe she was trying to emulate a video of a man using hairspray to light a fire on a mirror.

She said: "It was unreal, heartbreaking. Like, I don't think anyone wants to see their daughter on fire. It was horrible."

Portland firefighter Rob Garrison told the news outlet that: "You're not only putting yourself in danger; you're putting your entire family and anybody who is in that building in danger."

A spokesperson for TikTok told Newsweek: "The safety of younger teens in our community is our priority, and we want to empower families to have an open dialogue about digital safety—including through our Youth Portal, Guardian's Guide, and Family Pairing features which enable parents to set age-appropriate content and screen time limits.

"We take our responsibility seriously as we continue to evolve our policies, apply warning labels to videos, block hashtags or redirect searches, and invest heavily in our people and technology to help keep our community safe."

Other potentially dangerous trends that have circulated on the platform include the "blackout challenge," which was linked to the death of a 10-year-old girl in Italy in January.

The challenge encourages users to hold their breath or restrict their airflow until they lose consciousness.

The "eye challenge" came under fire in 2019 for encouraging TikTok users to put bleach near their eyes.

TikTok's latest transparency report, which covers the second half of 2020, revealed that it had removed 89,132,938 videos worldwide for violating its community guidelines or terms of service.

This is less than 1 percent of the videos on the site. In the U.S. alone, 11,775,777 clips were taken down.

Newsweek has contacted Jack Jerry for comment.

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A stock image of a roaring fire. The "Fire Challenge" is a very dangerous TikTok trend, which is believed to have recently injured a 13-year-old girl. Getty Images