Dozens of participants in a Tony Robbins “Unleash the Power Within” motivational seminar were treated for injuries suffered while attempting to walk over a hot bed of coals outside the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas in June. Five people were taken to the Parkland Hospital Burn Center, and up to 40 others were treated onsite.
“Someone not familiar with the fire walk observed the event and called 911, erroneously reporting hundreds of people requiring medical attention for severe burns,” Robbins’ organization said in a statement. “While we are grateful to the quick and robust response from Dallas emergency services, only 5 of 7,000 participants requested any examination beyond what was readily available onsite.”
The fire walk is a regular feature of Robbins’ seminars, and more than 7,000 people participated in the Dallas walk without injury. “I’ve been doing events with Tony for 23 years, and while it may not look that way, this was a successful event,” said Tad Schinke, head trainer. In July 2012, however, nearly two dozen people suffered burns at a similar exercise in San Jose, Calif.