- Associated Press - Thursday, March 17, 2016

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A performer at a Florida high school pep rally accidentally set himself on fire in front of hundreds of students.

Delray Beach Fire Rescue Capt. Ed Beardsley said the man was part of a performance at Atlantic High’s gym Thursday morning. He said the man was rushed to the hospital with burns. Beardsley did not know their severity.

He said seven other people were hospitalized after breathing fire extinguisher dust. Their injuries were not serious. He did not know how many were students.

Video posted online shows the man, reportedly a fire-breathing performer, suddenly being engulfed in flames. He scrambles to the floor and others come to his aid as the video ends.

Classes resumed after the accident.

School district spokeswoman Kathy Burstein said in a news release that pyrotechnics and fire are forbidden within schools, and the incident will be investigated.

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