CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio -- A stunt man has revived a tradition of lighting himself on fire and diving into the Chagrin Falls in northeast Ohio.
Ted Batchelor took the flaming plunge yesterday on the 30th anniversary of the first time he did it. About a thousand people cheered as he burned for about a minute before jumping into the Chagrin River.
Batchelor performed the stunt annually for ten years beginning in 1976. Usually he was arrested right after and the last time he was fined one-thousand dollars and given two years of probation.
Batchelor was a high-school student when he first made the jump on a bet to earn money for prom. He went on to be a professional stunt man and holds the world record for the longest full-body burn without oxygen.