It’s referred to as the “outlet challenge.” Individuals insert the plug a part of a phone-charger wire solely a part of the way in which in, then attempt to produce a spark by touching a penny to the uncovered prongs.
The problem has been linked to scorchings of retailers in Holden and Plymouth in addition to a fire at Westford Academy, the place one pupil is dealing with prison fees, Boston’s WBZ-TV reported. Officers are additionally warning of the opportunity of demise by electrocution.
“The opposite challenge might be that you simply do injury to some electrical wiring behind the wall,” Plymouth Fireplace Chief Ed Bradley advised the station, “and a fireplace might be undetected and burning within the partitions, endangering everybody that’s within the constructing.”
A photograph launched by the Plymouth Fireplace Division confirmed a penny and a phone-charger plug singed and fused collectively after a current incident.
The town’s faculty superintendent blasted the stunt as an “irresponsible act.”
“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,” Superintendent Dr. Gary Maestas stated in an announcement, according to WBZ.
Mother and father are being suggested to look at for makes an attempt to take part within the problem – and to have conversations with their kids and teenagers about electrical and fireplace security, the report stated.