DALLAS (CelebrityAccess) — More than 30 people who attended an event with motivational speaker Tony Robbins required treatment for burns after Robbins encouraged them to walk on hot coals.
The event, part of a four-day Robbins seminar called "Unleash the Power Within" saw coals spread out in front of the venue and attendees encouraged to walk through the coals on Thursday night as a way of conquering their fears.
Five people were transported to a hospital for treatment while numerous others were treated for burns to their feet and extremities after attempting to conquer their fears, Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans told the Star-Tribune.
Paul Gold, one of the people transported, told the Associated Press that he suffered from second-degree burns on both feet that will take about two weeks to heal.
In a statement to the AP, representatives for Robbins said about 7,000 people walked across the coals and only five "requested any examination beyond what was readily available on site."
"Someone not familiar with the fire walk observed the event and called 911 erroneously reporting hundreds of people requiring medical attention for severe burns," according to the statement. – Staff Writers