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article imageGeorgia man burned after bet to set his head on fire with rum

By Darren Weir     Jul 24, 2012 in World
Augusta - During a night of drinking at a Georgia bar, a man bet his friends he could pour a shot of Bacardi 151 on his head and light it on fire.
WJBF-TV reports 36 year old William Bonner of Augusta, Georgia, suffered second degree burns to his face and head. He tells WJBF he doesn't remember the night or why he agreed to set his face and head on fire. "Obviously, it wasn’t supposed to end up happening like that, but it did, so you can’t be mad.”
Fox19 News reports Allie Katz Bar and Grill owner Bryan Birmingham says, "I've seen a lot of things." "But never something like that."
Police Lt. Blaise Dresser tells WJBF, "The man who was set on fire bet his friends that he was drinking with that he could set his face on fire. Obviously no one believed him and he proved them wrong."
Fox19 also quotes witnesses saying by the time they realized what was happening, it was already over. Adam Harden, who was standing a few feet away says, "Pretty much confusion." "I mean, not knowing what's going on, what's going to happen, what are we going to do. Then somebody drenched him out."
Security video from the bar shows Bonner was on fire for about 10 seconds before someone put out the flames. Harden says, "It was the longest ten seconds you could think of." And the bar owner adds, "Everybody just kind of completely froze and had no idea what to do."
After the fire was extinguished, Bonner and his friends walked out of the bar and out to their car where they drove him to hospital. He was listed in critical condition over the weekend, but he's since been released from hospital.
Police say no charges will be laid.
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