The fire-breather’s face caught fire, and flames spread to his arms and body before 2,000 students. He ran onto the gym’s floor, which also caught fire.
Cellphone video of the incident, captured by a onlooker in attendance, showed students screaming as the flames burned.
Someone can be heard shouting:
“Sit down, sit down! Everybody sit down!”
In addition to the eight people hospitalized, another dozen students were treated on the scene. The students were treated for respiratory injuries.
The pep rally took place on the last day before spring break, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
The school district wrote on their Facebook:
“Our thoughts are with the performer and the students.”
Ricky Charles, the 53-year-old performer, had serious injuries but was in good condition by the afternoon.
Wow! That’s horrible. Get well soon!