WARNING: DISTRESSING CONTENT The daredevil performer was the third fire breather to set himself alight within a matter of minutes at the festival in the Russian city of Kemerovo
A fire breather set his own face on fire when his daring performance went badly wrong.
Horrifying footage shows crowds screaming as disaster struck during the daredevil performer’s routine at a festival.
The performer fell to the ground in agony as the flames spread across his face.
He was the third fire breather to set himself alight within minutes at the festival .
Footage filmed by eyewitnesses in Russia’s Kemerovo Oblast region show the man getting through his routine surrounded by a crowd of spectators.
However within moments his face catches fire and he falls to his knees as he tries to extinguish the flames.
But the blaze gets only fiercer as fuel spills from his mouth.
Several people run out from the crowd to try to put out the flames with items of clothing while a young woman throws a bottle of water over the man.
The man had to be rushed by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment to his injuries.
Earlier, another fire breather had set his face alight while another’s clothing went up in flames but both were able to put out the fires before any serious damage was caused.
The footage of the incident is proving popular with viewers after it was posted on video-sharing websites.
Internet user ‘sostradayushaya’ wrote: “Silly boys, you’re supposed to train first before performing.
“They must have thought it was a joke and a fun thing to do.”
And one identified as ‘Selia Ku’ added: “Hope he gets better. Awful what people do to themselves.”
Fire breathing is the dangerous art of creating a stream of fire by spitting out a mist of inflammable fuel through an open flame.