Victim of Fiery Beach Rocks Has Two Skin Graft Surgeries

Rocks set fire in pocket: Woman burned by beach rocks that spontaneously combusted in her pants.

The San Clemente woman recovering from severe burns after r ignited in her cargo shorts said is grateful to be alive.

Lyn Hiner has now undergone two painful skin-graft surgeries to her damaged leg.

"We know bad things happen to many people," Hiner told the Orange County Register. "I'm thankful God carried us through this. That Jason, the deputy, the firefighters and the doctors, the hospital staff and our friends and family have all been with us. I know there are patients here that are going through a lot more than I am. I'm grateful it wasn't the girls and that it didn't happen on the freeway on our drive home."

Hiner's daughters picked up the rocks during a beach outing last week. Two of them were found to contain phosphorous, which can burn like a road flare when ignited, but the other five were cross-contaminated while in the woman's pocket, according to ABC7.

The rocks were smooth and some were the size of a hamburger patty, while others were small enough to fit in a coffee cup.

The beach where the rocks were found is not far from the and the Camp Pendleton Marine base. San Clemente Island, which lies about 20 miles off the coast, is owned by the U.S. Navy and is its only remaining live firing range, according to a Navy website. The island has also been the site of rocket tests.


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