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Burning Stuntman Jumps Into River

by BBC News

Nowadays Batchelor performs the stunt with official blessing.

A US daredevil has recreated a stunt he first performed 30 years ago by setting himself alight and diving into a river. 

Ted Batchelor, 47, set fire to his flame-retardant suit for about a minute, before jumping off a platform into the Chagrin Falls in Ohio. 

The stunt was carried out with official blessing - unlike the original effort. 

Mr Batchelor first set himself ablaze and jumped into the river near the city of Cleveland in 1976, to earn money from a student bet. 

He repeated the stunt every year in the late 1970s and early 1980s. 

Crowds would gather, take pictures of the diving human fireball and boo as police took him to jail. 

Mr Batchelor told the Associated Press news agency that friendly officers eventually became part of the act. 

"They'd ask me, 'You want the handcuffs on or not?' I'd say, 'Yeah, gimme the handcuffs. It looks good'." 

Usually, friends bailed him out the same evening. 

But Mr Batchelor spent four days in jail in 1984, and the next year he was fined and put on two years' probation. "That's when I stopped," he said. 

Mr Batchelor still sets himself on fire and gets paid to do it - mainly for local events and television adverts. 

Story from BBC NEWS: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/americas/5006966.stm 

Published: 2006/05/22 22:37:19 GMT 


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Last 10 Burns
December 12 Three minutes 3 seconds Tokyo Japan (Yamanogou) Personal best!!! Old style.Television production. 
December 04 2 minutes 45 seconds practice for Japan trip! *
November 29 1 minute 19 seconds first practice for Japan trip. *
July 10 44 seconds. "Running Bases on FIRE!!" for the Norfolk Tides! Great Stadium! Great Fans!! First time on fire in Virginia!! 
April 24 48 seconds! Ran. bases on fire!! For the Bridgeport Bluefish!!! Fun!!! Great people and fans!!!! First time on fire in Connecticut!! 
June 05 2 minutes Fire falls farm *
December 06 53 seconds - Salinas California Airport "Longest Run on Fire" TBD -History Channel **
December 05 61seconds Salinas Fire Dept #3 California. History Channel. 
October 19 38 seconds for 21 people!!!! New Guinness World Record!! **
October 09 35 seconds 36 seconds 2 burns traning for igniters  *

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