Fire-breather performance at high school pep rally in Delray Beach sends 8 to hospital

Fire-breather performance at high school pep rally in Delray Beach sends 3 to hospital. (Screen shot from

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (WPEC) - A performer was burned and seven students were taken to the hospital following an incident at a pep rally at Atlantic Community High School in Delray Beach, according to Delray Beach Fire Rescue.

A fire-breather wielding a baton suffered burns during the performance, said a spokeswoman for the School District of Palm Beach County.

Several students posted video and Snapchats of the incident on Twitter.

One person, identified as Ricky Charles, was taken to the hospital by medical helicopter. He's in good condition. A spokesman for Delray Medical Center says Charles will be at a news conference at the hospital Friday morning.

Delray Beach Fire Rescue said later seven students went to the hospital.

The injured include 15-year-old Justice, who is undergoing breathing treatments at the hospital.

"Right now I'm glad the kids are okay," said her mother. "I don't think it was a wise decision. I'm just glad my daughter is OK."

CBS12 reporter Michael Buczyner reported three patients went to the ER at Bethesda Medical Center after breathing fumes from the fire extinguisher.

Palm Beach County Schools spokeswoman Kathy Burstein said the incident happened during a rally for the Florida Standard Assessment testing.

Students returned to class following the incident, said Burstein.

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