An Internet blogger has been criticised by the London Fire Brigade after uploading a video of himself setting fire to a children’s toy with a blowtorch.
Youtube user DanTDM, whose real name is Dan Middleton, posted the eight-minute clip online. It has been seen by nearly three million people.
The Brigade blasted the blogger’s actions as “irresponsible and thoughtless”.
“The toy, which was one of the top children’s gifts at Christmas, does not erupt into flames but sustains significant fire damage,” said London Fire in a statement.
“DanTDM removed the batteries from the toy before aiming the blowtorch at it, however he then puts them back into the toy and remarks that it “could explode” in his face.”
And Charlie Pugsley, head of the Brigade’s fire investigation team, added: “We 100 per cent condemn this reckless behaviour and would urge the YouTube vlogger to remove the clip immediately as it may inspire ‘copycat’ incidents which may go tragically wrong.
“Playing with fire is not a game and the YouTuber even admits that his behaviour is incredibly dangerous, despite trying to pass off the irresponsible act as humorous.
“This behaviour could easily have had severe consequences. The blowtorch could inflict severe burns instantly if handled carelessly and if hot melted plastic came into contact with a person’s skin, it could literally stick to it, causing much more severe burns,” he added.