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Calif. burning rocks victim tells of strange horror
Originally posted by wutz4tom
Rocks Found At Trestles Beach Ignite In Woman's Pocket
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SAN ONOFRE, Calif. -- How rocks collected from a southern Orange County beach caught fire in the pocket of a San Clemente woman's cargo shorts, landing her in a hospital with third-degree burns, remained a mystery Thursday.
The 43-year old woman's children picked up the seven orange and green rocks on Saturday at San Onofre State Beach, which is popular with surfers and known locally as Trestles.
The rocks combusted and set the woman's shorts on fire and continued to burn the wood floor of her Avenida Estrella house, according Capt. Marc Stone of the Orange County Fire Authority.
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SANTA ANA — At first, Lyn Hiner thought it was a bug bite when she felt a sudden sting on her right thigh. SANTA ANA — At first, Lyn Hiner thought it was a bug bite when she felt a sudden sting on her right thigh.
She gave her thigh a swat and the next thing she knew flames shot from her shorts where she stood in her San Clemente kitchen, eating an orange and attempting to plan the evening birthday date with her husband, Rob.
"Lyn sounded panicked," Rob Hiner said, sitting next to her on her hospital bed at the Grossman Burn Center at Western Medical Center Santa Ana. "She turned around and I saw flames coming from her pocket. I went to smack it and at the same time the house filled with smoke. Lyn screamed, 'get it out,' it was terrifying and confusing all at once."
This image provided by the Orange County Health Care Agency shows rocks picked up on a Southern California beach by a woman, which later ignited inside her shorts, leaving her with severe burns. Authorities say phosphorous may have coated these beach rocks. By NBC News and msnbc.com staff Updated at 2:40 p.m. ET: SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. -- Rocks that a woman was carrying in her cargo shorts caught fire after a trip to a California beach, leaving her with severe burns, and authorities are investigating whether phosphorous on the stones is to blame.