Georgia man burned over 75 percent of body opening bag of chips with lighter

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An elderly man in Georgia was burned over 75 percent of his body when he tried to open a bag of chips with a lighter, local officials said.

An elderly man in Georgia was burned over 75 percent of his body when he tried to open a bag of chips with a lighter, local officials said.

 

Georgia man burned over 75 percent of body opening bag of chips with lighter

The 75-year-old victim – whose name has not been released – was seriously injured around 4:37 p.m. Wednesday in the City of Dalton, the town’s communications director, Bruce Frazier, told The Post in a statement.

 

“The victim…was using a lighter to open bags of chips which he was unable to do with his hands. While doing this, the man accidentally set himself on fire while sitting in a recliner,” the press release read.

 

Maintenance workers contained the blaze to the recliner using a water hose under firefighters arrived, it added.

 

The victim was taken to Erlanger Baroness Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn. with third degree burns on about 75 percent of his body, Frazier explained.

 

It is unclear if the chips themselves sparked the fire, or if the flames erupted from something else.

 

Chips can be very flammable because of their starchy, oily composition, according to VICE.


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