Want to know how to light up a cake brighter than it would be for a centenarian's birthday? A northern New Jersey man lit his kitchen table on fire by adding lighter fluid and gasoline to a birthday cake recipe so he could post a video of the fiery result on YouTube. "The resident was attempting to film a fire with a birthday cake utilizing his iPad to post on YouTube," Maywood Police Chief David Pegg tells the Record. "He was using lighter fluid and gasoline on his kitchen table when it got out of control." Police and firefighters responded to the house fire Sunday and were greeted by the angry man who demanded they leave.
Pegg said the man then started yelling at his wife for calling emergency services after an officer advised him to calm down and let firefighters investigate. The man "was able to extinguish most of the fire before the Fire Department arrived and felt it was unnecessary for them to even be there," Pegg added. The fire was contained to the kitchen table, and authorities say the incident didn't appear to be criminal. (Read more New Jersey stories.)