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Disturbing social media trend grows

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A growing social media trend has parents and firefighters worried nationwide, KPRC reported.

It's called 'Fire Challenge.' Teens in Kentucky, New York, Texas and all around the country douse themselves with rubbing alcohol and light a match with a camera rolling. The videos get posted online with the #firechallenge hashtag.

A Houston psychiatrist told KPRC that the teens are trying to look tough.

"The idea is that 'I am very macho'" Dr. Harvey Rosenstock said.

The teens want attention and they are getting the clicks on the videos. It outweighs the dangers of the game, according to the KPRC story.

"Unfortunately, you get people to view it and with the phenomenon of scale, everybody else wants to do it. 'I can do what this guy can do' and 'I can even up the ante,'" Rosenstock told KPRC.

Houston firefighters warn parents to watch their kids' online behavior. Facebook is taking any videos with this hashtag down, KPRC reported.

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