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Walking over hot coals at a Tony Robbins motivational seminar in Dallas led to burns for several attendees and landed five people in the hospital.
Ambulances were lined up just after 11 p.m. outside the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, CBS DFW reported. A Dallas Area Rapid Transit bus was reportedly used as a staging-area for 30 to 40 people who were injured, and five with more serious burns were taken to the Parkland Hospital Burn Center.
More than 7,000 people attended the Robbins “Unleash the Power Within” event which is scheduled to run through Sunday, CBS reported.
“I’ve been doing events with Tony for 23 years,” said Tad Schinke, head trainer for the Robbins’ organization. “And while it may not look like that way, this was a successful event.”
A schedule for the event posted on Robbins’ website details the “Turn Fear Into Power” section and points to overcoming the roadblocks of fear. “Storm across a bed of hot coals,” states the website. “Once you start doing what you thought was impossible, you’ll conquer the other fires of your life with ease.”
Self-help author Robbins has made no public comment following the event but his organization, Robbins Research International, issued a statement that read, in part:
“In Dallas tonight, someone not familiar with the fire walk observed the event and called 911 erroneously reporting hundreds of people requiring medical attention for severe burns. While we are grateful to the quick and robust response from Dallas emergency services, only 5 of 7,000 participants requested any examination beyond what was readily available on site. We are pleased to have completed another successful fire walk for 7,000 guests and look forward to the remainder of an outstanding weekend with them.”
Previous fire walk participants told CBS that some injuries were to be expected.
“From a numbers perspective that amount is negligible,” said Tish Bazil. “I don’t mean to diminish anything that’s happened to anybody, but there are some coaching techniques, really specific strategies, that he gives people.”
Participants at the Robbins event were asked to sign a liability waiver, and all necessary permits to hold the fire walk were in place, said the Dallas Fire Department, according to CBS.
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