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Rocks Set Fire In Pocket: Woman Burned By Beach Rocks That Spontaneously Combusted In Her Pants (VIDEO)

05/16/12 10:56 PM ET AP

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. — Authorities in Southern California are investigating what appears to be the spontaneous combustion of rocks scooped from a San Clemente Beach that left a woman with third-degree burns.

Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Marc Stone tells City News Service the woman's children collected the rocks Saturday and she tucked them into her pocket.

Stone says at some point the rocks caught fire, burning the woman's right thigh and knee.

Her husband also suffered second-degree burns to his hand trying to put out the flames.

Authorities didn't provide any details about what would have caused the rocks to ignite. Stone says it should take health authorities a week to complete their investigation.

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The sight-seeing is lovely at this Santa Barbara locale (also known as Hendry’s), but it’s that rare prospect of a leash-free dog beach that brings in many of the day-trippers. Signs will direct you to the south, past the striking tree-topped cliffs of the Douglas Family Preserve, where your friend can also roam sans leash. He’ll soon forget he’s a kept beast.

Getting there: Take the Las Positas off-ramp from the 101 north and turn left; turn right at road’s end. The large parking lot is free.

Feeling flush: At the Boathouse restaurant adjacent to the beach, you can load up on a traditional breakfast or a seafood lunch.

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