They say "be careful what you wish for."
But could that also be applied to be careful what your kids wish for Christmas gifts?
12-year-old Cayden Parson didn't mean to cause a full on lawn fire after asking for a magnifying glass for Christmas, but nonetheless, he did so.
A 12-year-old in Texas got a magnifying glass for Christmas. His parents thought it would be used for reading, but… https://t.co/lsx1zwbYjf— CNN (@CNN) 1577757808.0
The boy's mother, Nissa-Lynn Parson, posted about the incident and how it transpired.
"My twelve year old son Cayden, who is an avid reader, very curious, and interested in science, asked for a magnifying glass for Christmas. (It's like a basketball player asking for basketball shoes.)"
"We thought it was for reading, but instead he tried to see if he could light a fire with it!"
"We discovered that he and his two brothers went out on the driveway and burned a couple holes in some paper."
If there's anything we learned from the 90s, it's that kids never ask for magnifying glasses to read.
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The fire soon got out of control.
"Everything was under control until the boys came running into the house telling us that a corner of the lawn was on fire and the Christmas lights were melting! Justin and I rushed outside to see the entire front lawn turning black!"
@CNN I gave my kids some blocks of wood with their magnifying glasses and showed them how to etch pictures into the wood using the sun.— Sevilon (@Sevilon) 1577757935.0
@CNN I'm sorry but I gotta laugh! 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂— Sandra Tabbytosavit 🆘 🥁 (@Sandra Tabbytosavit 🆘 🥁) 1577758746.0
@CNN Ummm, that’s what you do with a magnifying glass when your 12.— Carl Kincaid (@Carl Kincaid) 1577758159.0
@CNN Accidentally? Heck when I was a kid we did this crap intentionally.— Glenn Amen not a woman (@Glenn Amen not a woman) 1577766420.0
They managed to finally get the situation under control:
"We grabbed buckets, Justin turned the sprinklers on, and I grabbed blankets to smother and trap it - before it could spread any more into the neighbors yard!"
"What a sight to see - a bunch of people running around crazy trying to put a front lawn fire out while wearing matching Christmas jammies!"
@CNN https://t.co/9QpMCG2JtV— Deepak 🇱🇰 (@Deepak 🇱🇰) 1577758220.0
@CNN Every kid who had a magnifying glass tried to burn a bug or start a fire.— William A Herrick (@William A Herrick) 1577758800.0
@CNN I had a magnifying glass as a gift as a child. a couple times, the thought of using it that way did not occur to me. not once— TR Welling (@TR Welling) 1577758005.0
@CNN Accidentally on purpose. Kind of surprised I never torched my parents deck when I was growing up.— Chuck Wagon (@Chuck Wagon) 1577758532.0
The fire was started when Cayden and Ashton, the younger brother, went to burn a hole in the newspaper and it completely caught fire.
Ashton told FOX 4:
"The smoke was getting like as high as the tree."
@CNN My son did that once. He and his buddies were having Roman Candle wars for New Years, shooting at each other.… https://t.co/mX3nyCnotF— Diana247 (@Diana247) 1577757932.0
@CNN @eatrightfitness sound familiar https://t.co/FGqo4L6cLH— Lisa Adams (@Lisa Adams) 1577760926.0
@CNN haha. kids just trying something new and it works! Bravo— Ivy Paul (@Ivy Paul) 1577758023.0
@CNN https://t.co/bACKvdSOUR— lsutigerzfan (@lsutigerzfan) 1577758047.0
What is the lesson, parents?
Perhaps not to give your 12-year-old-boys tools to start fires.