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This TikTok challenge has authorities concerned. Here’s what we know

The ‘outlet challenge’ isn’t safe, authorities say

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The ‘outlet challenge’ isn’t safe, authorities say.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Massachusetts authorities are worried about the viral TikTok “outlet challenge” after a trio of incidents raised concerns, according to CNN.

What happened: The new challenge calls for people to use a phone charger, wall outlet and a penny to cause sparks along the way, CNN reports.

Concerns: Massachusetts Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said in a letter to fire departments that the challenge can cause damage and possibly even fires.

  • The letter reads: “You might reach out to local news outlets, school officials and parent organizations. Alert them to this challenge, advise them to, not only look for signs of fire play like scorched outlets, but to have conversations about fire and electrical safety with tweens and teenagers.”

Damage: Firefighters found two separate outlets at Plymouth North High School that had been scorched. There was a penny and cellphone charger with them, too. Two students were charged with attempted arson and malicious damage of property over the incident.

  • School Superintendent Gary Maestas: “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,”
  • Plymouth Fire Chief Edward Bradley (via CNN): “I don’t think students comprehend the reality that they can be electrocuted and killed, or start a fire. Parents need to talk to their children and tell them if you see this stuff, don’t try to imitate it.”

What’s next: Parents are being asked to keep their children from participating in the challenge, according to Fox News.

  • Parents are encouraged to speak with their children about fire safety.