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  • 22 August 2014, 17:12

Ice Bucket Challenge: Four Hurt In Failed Stunt

Firefighters helping college students complete the ice bucket challenge were hurt when their truck's ladder got too close to a power line.

Even though the power line was never touched, it carried such a high voltage that it was able to energise the ladder, shocking four Kentucky firefighters.

One of them was in a critical condition, one in a fair condition and two were treated and released.

The incident took place at Campbellsville University, where the firefighters and their truck were helping the college marching band by dumping cold water on them.

They sprayed the students with cold water on one of the athletic fields, and by the time the accident happened the students had gone and none of them was injured.

Power was knocked out for about an hour to 4,500 customers, including the school, according to a spokeswoman for Kentucky Utilities.

The ice bucket challenge, which aims to raise money for research into ALS - a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerves in the brain and spinal cord - has been sweeping social media.

The ALS Association said it has raised more than $41m.

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