A student has been left with burns after she failed to recreate a viral trend in which boiling water is thrown in the air to form ice.
College student Lauren Roccio, 20, recorded her roommate Anastasia Maystrych, 19, attempting the viral internet trend in the garden of their university accommodation in Philadelphia, in the US state of Pennsylvania.
The college student ventured outside into the minus one-degree Celsius winter weather armed with a saucepan full of boiling water.
As the boiling water was launched into the air, it failed to freeze and splashed back onto the student’s face.
The ‘boiling water challenge’ became a popular online trend when a polar vortex brought sub-zero temperatures to the US.
Those who succeeded with the challenge were rewarded with an incredible icy display forming above their heads.
“My roommate, Anastasia, had the idea to try the challenge as we wanted to see if the boiling water evaporated,” Lauren said.
“We went outside with the boiling water but when it came to throwing it up in the air, Anastasia accidentally threw it towards herself.
“I stopped recording the video and she immediately ran into the house for some water to soothe her skin. We got some aloe hoping no burns would occur.
“Unfortunately, Anastasia was left with mild burns on her forehead, arms, and legs. The weather didn’t seem to be as cold as we planned it would be.”
According to National Geographic, when the hot water droplets hit the cold air, they begin to vaporise before then condensing again – this time as ice crystals.
As such, the water briefly appears to freeze in mid-air before it then falls to the ground as crystalised snow.
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