40 people suffer burns on their feet after popular speaker got them to walk on hot coals to improve their quality of life

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By: Mahesh Sarin

(Scroll down for video) Several people suffered burns after their followed the advice of a popular motivational speaker and stepped on hot coals, according to police in Texas.

Dallas police said that the incident unfolded on Thursday night, as hundreds of people gathered at an event that was hosted by Tony Robbins.

People at the "Unleash the Power Within" event, which was held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, were told to walk on hot coals in order to improve their quality of life.

As a result of walking on the hot coals, around 40 people suffered burns to their feet. 5 people were taken to the Parkland Hospital burn unit, where they were treated and released.

The others were treated and released at the scene.

The three-day seminar promised to help people break through any limit, improve their quality of life and unleash their power from within.