Fan Briefly Catches On Fire At Polish Soccer Match

04/29/2014 01:32 pm ET | Updated May 05, 2014
  • Ron Dicker General Assignment Reporter, The Huffington Post

In a frightening scene at an April 26 soccer match in Poland, a man with a flare briefly caught fire when police used pepper spray to get him off a security gate, outlets reported.

A photographer captured the exact moment. Thankfully, the fan "managed to escape with minimal injuries," NBC Sports noted, citing a tweet from a Polish reporter.

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According to Yahoo Sports, Zaglebie Lubin had just lost to host Slask Wroclaw when Lubin's fans were "kept behind" and began waving flags and flares. One loyalist had climbed on a gate to wave his flare, and a stadium security guard doused him with what appeared to be pepper spray, setting off the split-second human inferno.

Below is video of the incident. (You can detect a brief flash on the left-hand side of the screen at about the 1:40 mark.)

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