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Science teacher lights boy's hand on fire in methane demonstration

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By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   March 29, 2016 at 12:27 PM

MINNEAPOLIS, March 29 (UPI) -- A Minneapolis science teacher took hands-on learning to the next level when he lit a student's hand on fire during a demonstration.

A video posted to YouTube by Steven Takata shows the student, Takata's son, assisting with a demonstration at Hope Academy.

The teacher instructs the student to dip his hand into a container of methane-filled soap bubbles and then holds a lighter to the student's hand.

The methane-filled bubbles briefly ignite and flames engulf the boy's hand, but they quickly put themselves out and the student is left amazed and uninjured.

"In a classic science demonstration, soap bubbles filled with methane are lit in a fireball in my son's hand," Takata wrote.

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