Authorities Issue Warning About Tik Tok’s “Outlet Challenge” After Reports of Small Fires
Massachusetts authorities have issued a warning about a new challenge on the social media platform Tik Tok after it caused outlets to spark and create smoke in various parts of the state.
According to CNN, the challenge involves the user to put a penny between the prongs of a phone charger while it is plugged into a wall outlet. The dangerous viral challenge has prompted a warning from Massachusetts Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. Two have occurred at the Plymouth North High School on Tuesday where two outlets were found scorched and a cellphone charger with a penny in between the prongs. A statement from Superintendent Gary Maestas reported that no one was injured during the incidents.
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“We are working with the Plymouth Police and Fire Departments to fully understand the scope of this issue and pursue charges to the fullest extent of the law,”
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In a separate incident, a student is facing arson and property damage charges after performing the challenge at Westford Academy last Friday. The incident resulted in the outlet sparking and creating smoke, causing the school’s fire alarm to go off as reported in a letter to parents by Principal James Antonelli.
“This was a very serious incident that could have caused a lot more damage. The student involved has been identified and the Westford Academy administration is taking appropriate action at this time.”
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