Fire Spray Challenge

Fire Spray Challenge

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Updated Mar 04, 2019 at 03:34PM EST by Brad.

Added Apr 13, 2016 at 06:46PM EDT by Ari Spool.

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Fire Spray Challenge (also known by its hashtag #FireSprayChallenge) is a viral trend where teens use aerosols and lighters to create streams of fire, recording their own reactions for Snapchat or Instagram videos. After becoming popular, the trend was decried because of the danger involved, much in the same fashion as the Fire Challenge.


The first known Fire Spray Challenge video was uploaded on March 18th, 2016 by Instagram user freshtoatea, who received 4,352 likes as of April 13th. (Below is a GIF re-upload of the original video, which can't be embedded.)

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On March 21st, 2016, the Instagram account @firespraychallenge was created, devoted to posting only videos of people performing the Fire Spray Challenge. In order to have their videos posted to the account, teens filmed themselves performing the challenge and then sent them to the account for reposting. As of April 13th, the account has reposted 65 separate videos, and there are over 4,000 tags of people attempting the challenge on Instagram.

On April 12th, the Daily Mirror wrote about the challenge, claiming that the teens were "using hairspray, Lysol, deodorant and air freshener" to set the flames. The next day, the Daily News wrote about the trend, claiming that the London Fire Department had issued a statement calling it "really stupid."

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[1] Instagram – @Freshtoatea's Video

fn2 Instagram – Tagged Results for #FireSprayChallenge

[3] Twitter – Hashtag Results for #FireSprayChallenge

[4] Instagram – @OfficialFireSprayChallenge's Account

[5] Mashable – Teens are accidentally setting themselves on fire during the #FireSprayChallenge

[6] Mic – "The #FireSprayChallenge Has Teens Accidentally Setting Themselves on Fire on Instagram"

[7] Daily Mail – Not again: New version of the 'Fire Challenge' internet craze sees teenagers setting alight aerosol cans to create flame throwers

[8] New York Daily News – Teens taking #firespraychallenge caught posing next to aerosol-fueled flames

[9] MemeOrigins – Fire Spray Challenge

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