I grew up in rural NWPA, surrounded in forest. I took an early interest in cryprozoology and sharks and have read many books on various crypto subjects such as Bigfoot and Megalodon over the years. I am not a professional writer or a journalist, but I do the best I can. I have a quirky, obscurely dry and sometimes sarcastic sense of humor than can get me in trouble. Some love me and some hate me, but I am who I am.

Now I’ve heard just about everything!

This turned out to be a less than ordinary day when a San Clemente California mother decided to clean up after her kids.

43 year old Lyn Hiner came across some stones on the floor of her home that her daughter had found at the beach. Tidying up a bit, Lyn put the stones in her pocket and it wasn’t long before she felt what she thought was an insect biting her. In reaction, Lyn slapped her leg to kill whatever it was that was stinging her only to have her cargo shorts burst into flames.

Read on for the rest of the story:

A California mother is recovering from second- and third-degree burns after colored rocks her family collected from a southern California beach unexpectedly caught fire while in her shorts pocket.

“We were talking about who was going to pick up the babysitter,” Lyn Hiner said today on “Good Morning America.” “And all of a sudden something hot on my leg just sort of started to bother me so I started thinking it was a bug bite, so I started slapping it and the next thing I know my pants were on fire.”

The harmless-looking, green- and orange-colored rocks, which Hiner’s daughters found Saturday on San Onofre State Beach in southern California, are now the subject of an intense scientific investigation.

Hiner, 43, had put the rocks in her pocket after they left the beach. As she and her husband, Rob Hiner, were preparing to go out later that evening, the rocks suddenly erupted in her pants.

Rob Hiner, who appeared on “GMA” alongside his wife at the Santa Ana, Calif., burn center where she is being treated, said the couple had no idea what was happening.

“It was just this bright intense flame,” he said. “We didn’t know what it was. Our first response was just to try to pat it out.

“But, In trying to pat it out, it wasn’t going out so the next thing was just to try and drop and roll and eventually we just tried to tear her shorts off and got them off of her,” he said.

Fire authorities responded to smoke alarms in the couple’s home that were set off because the flames in Lyn Hiner’s pockets were so intense.

“There were actual flames coming off of her cargo shorts,” Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Marc Stone told ABC News. “The husband was outside with a garden hose, actually trying to cool her leg down.”

The couple were eventually taken to the Grossman Burn Center, where Lyn Hiner continues to recover from the severe burns on her hands and leg.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” her doctor, Dr. Andrea Dunkelman, said today on “GMA.” “She has third-degree burns, which means that it’s been burned all the way through her skin to her underlying tissue, her fat. We treated her by placing skin grafts from her thigh to that area.”

Lynn’s husband, Rob, suffered burns on his hands in the incident while trying to come to his wife’s aid.

“We’re exhausted but we’re overwhelmed with love and support,” Rob Hiner said. “We’re just grateful. We’re grateful that things weren’t worse and God just continues to provide for us in this situation.”

Scientists investigating the mysterious explosion say there were seven rocks in total that the Hiner’s
children took from the beach. Field tests found traces of phosphorus — the flammable orange chemical used in matches — on the rocks.

“It’ll burn right through flesh, bone and skin. I’ve never heard of anything like this before,” Dr. Michio Kaku, author of “Physics of the Future,” an examination of science in the coming century, said.

The beach where the rocks were collected is near Camp Pendleton Marine base. But Marine officials say there’s no evidence any military materials were involved.

San Diego State University geologist Pat Abbott says this was not Mother Nature’s fault.

“I know the orange is not part of the rock,” Abbott said. “It’s not natural. It’s human made.”

Wow! Now that’s what I call a hot foot…er, leg.

Anyone who thinks the military base has something to do with this raise your hand.

Thanks to ABC’s Yahoo Feed for this odd story of human combustion.

Associated Content:

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  • Jon

    raises hand.

  • Solution

     sounds like some type phosphorous material discharged from munitions or discarded ordinance…or USO (unidentified submerged object) material.

  • Uranium.

  • Scott_McMan

    I used to work with caustic and it was nasty stuff. Several times either myself or one of the other guys would get an itch that would come back every so often. After getting home at night and stripping off pants for the shower, we’d discover that the caustic solution had gotten on our clothes and burned a hole in our leg or hip or whatever. One guy had gotten it on his sock and by the time he got home and realized it, it had made a 6 inch diameter hole that went down almost to the muscle.

    The stuff would actually cauterize the wound and dull the pain as it ate your flesh away. As I said, the only issue was sometimes you would get an itch in the area.

    I had another guy who got shot in they eye with this solution and his eye was actually smoking! Real smoke! But that’s another story.

    I have no doubt that this had something to do with the nearby base. What’s more, I wouldn’t be surprised if they planted those stones on the beach to see what would happen to an unsuspecting beachcomber.

  • You’re probably right. The Marines were a long time in denying the poisoned water supply in the Tarawa Terrace section of Camp Lejeune. “Deny, deny, deny, or it’s the brig for you.” Also the same thing happened with the now closed El Toro Marine base in CA.

  • JohnP

    ” I am always gonna be careful about trusting rocks…” Is that guy high or something?

    Seriously aside, mustve been horrible for that poor woman. If her pocket was wet from swimming or what not I wonder if Ribidium is the culprit. Weird for sure.

    I can just see her kid coming back from the next trip to the beach with an unexploded WWII bomb or sumthin.

  • JohnP

     I dont want to work where you used to work thanks lol.

  • Scott_McMan

    LOL! John, you made my monday a little better with that last comment.

  • JohnP

     Thank you , Thank you I will be here all week 😉

  • Jenfaer

    i’m living at camp pendleton now…you guys want me to collect some specimens? lol…

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