TOMS RIVER, N.J., July 11 (UPI) -- A New Jersey teenager who
suffered critical burns during a "ring of fire" demonstration at a
Boy Scout camp has died.
Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford announced the
death of Sean Whitley Friday, The Star-Ledger of Newark reported.
Whitley, 17, died Thursday at Temple University Hospital in
Michael Mohel, a spokesman for the prosecutor, said Whitley
was burned Sunday at a Scout camp in Waretown when an 18-year-old
staffer showed three other Scouts the "ring of fire." Mohel said the
demonstration was not an authorized Scout activity.
The 18-year-old, whose name has not been released, set a
ring of rubbing alcohol on fire, Mohel said. When he poured more
alcohol, an ember lit the liquid and fire went up the stream to the
bottle. The 18-year-old threw the bottle, accidentally burning the
A 17-year-old was treated and released at a local hospital,
while a 14-year-old was in critical but stable condition in the burn
unit at Temple.