It was using a magnifying glasses to burn ants alive that got me first interested in science. For that, I’m grateful.
However, a 12-year-old Chicago boy named Cayden doesn’t have much to be grateful for this holiday season after his little science experiment turned the front yard into an inferno.
“Cayden asked for a magnifying glass for Christmas,” his mother, Nissa-Lynn Parson, said in a video posted to Facebook. “We thought, ‘Oh, he wants to magnify something.’ No, he wanted to see if he can make fire with it, and they did.”
The Parson family claims they never imagined their son only wanted a magnifying glass to set fires with. Meanwhile, I can’t think of any other realistic applications.
“Make sure you know what your kids want and what they’re going to do with their presents,” Nissa-Lynn jokingly said.
“I just wanted to start a little fire,” her son, Cayden, said.
“And Christmas morning comes along and we’re opening presents and stuff, and he opens the magnifying glass and goes, ‘Yay, magnifying glass,’ The other son in the background, ‘Yay, now we can light stuff on fire.’ And we’re like, oh dear,’” Cayden’s father, Justin Parson, said.
It was a sunny Christmas Day, and the kids thought it would be fun to angle the magnifying glass toward a bit of newspaper on the porch.
“He came outside and he picked up the newspaper which had a little fire on it,” Cayden said.
But it caught fire and Cayden’s older brother, Ashton, didn’t know what to do.
“The flame starts, so I picked up the newspaper and just kind of like throw it,” Ashton said.
“We ran inside and started screaming,” Cayden said.
“A little while later, he comes back in, goes back out, comes back in, ‘The lawn is on fire!’ And we’re like, ‘What?’” Cayden’s dad added.
There was a cloud of smoke within minutes.
“The smoke was getting like as high as the tree,” Ashton recalled.
“And so we’re all out here with pitchers of water, blankets smothering it, sprinklers turned on, hose turned on,” Nissa-Lynn said.
She added that when her son asked for the gift, she didn’t expect it to be a fire starter. Wow, remind me to call her about that bridge I have for sale in Brooklyn.
The Parson family is just glad they have a good story to tell… and that only the lawn and Christmas lights were destroyed by the blaze.
“This will be a story passed down to generations and generations. Remember the one year you lit the lawn on fire? Yeah, this will be a story that lasts a long time,” Nissa-Lynn said. She seems a bit too confident that darwinism won’t catch up with them all.
[H/T Fox32 Chicago]