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Tuesday July 24, 2012

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Fire officials in California say at least 21 people were treated for burns after attendees of a recent event for motivational speaker Tony Robbins tried to walk on hot coals.

The San Jose Mercury News reported that at least three people went to a hospital and most suffered second- or third-degree burns.

Robbins was hosting a 4-day gathering called "Unleash the Power Within" at the San Jose Convention Center. Witnesses say a crowd went to a park where 12 lanes of hot coals were on the grass.

Robbins’ website promotes "The Firewalk Experience" in which people walk on super-heated coals.

Witness Jonathan Correll says he heard "screams of agony."

Fire Capt. Reggie Williams says organizers had an open fire permit and emergency personnel were on standby.

-- The Associated Press


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