A group of 21 people were set on fire in Cleveland on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record of the most people set on fire simultaneously. They beat the previous record of 17 that was set in 2009.(Photo: Screen grab from WKYC-TV, Cleveland)
CLEVELAND -- A group of Cleveland residents lit themselves on fire Saturday, setting a new world record while raising money for charity at the same time.
people were lit on fire to break the Guinness World Record of the most
people performing full-body burns. The previous record was set in 2009
when 17 people were simultaneously set on fire.
"We take a
lot of heat in Cleveland as the Burning River City," said John Gadd, CEO
of Hotcards, a Cleveland-based printing company that sponsored the
event. "Yet, it became the catalyst for a lot of Cleveland pride,
including environmental movements, breweries, and a whole lot of 'Hot in
Participants wore multiple layers of special
gel-soaked clothing to protect themselves from the flames in the event
that took place along the banks of the Cuyahoga River in downtown
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the group was on fire for 32 seconds.
A representative from Guinness World Records was on hand to certify the results.
it was amazing, like the energy of the crowd was great," Beth Hayden,
one of the participants told WKYC-TV. "It felt really, really good. It
was really great to be here with new friends, old friends all on fire
Proceeds from the event go to the Cleveland Food Bank
and Brick by Brick Organization,which is run by a Cleveland minister and
burner, Mark Simone.
Participants included Gadd, stuntman Ted
Batchelor, who was a part of the 2009 group, and Cleveland radio morning
show host Archie Berwick.
Source: WKYC, USA Today