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12-year-old New York boy set himself on fire for a YouTube stunt

A 12-year-old New York boy who was critically injured when he lit himself on fire Tuesday night did it as part of a dangerous YouTube stunt called the “fire challenge,” police sources said.

The boy was at his home in Queens, a borough of New York City, around 8:30 p.m. when he splashed himself with rubbing alcohol and set himself ablaze while standing in the bathtub, sources said.

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He was supposed to extinguish himself with water in the shower but was unable to do so, according to sources.

The boy suffered third-degree burns covering more than 40 percent of his body, officials said.

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