A 50,000-volt burst from a police Taser gun set a man on fire when the electric jolt ignited a butane cigarette lighter in his shirt pocket.
Florida's Sun Sentinel newspaper said officers zapped the man, 53, when he refused to drop a knife in a standoff.
A Taser probe pierced the pocket of the man's khaki shirt and ignited the butane lighter inside. His pocket exploded in flames, the paper said.
The man immediately dropped the knife. Officers threw him to the ground and rolled him around until the flames went out.
The Daytona Beach man was treated for minor burns and two self-inflicted stab wounds. Queensland police in the Special Emergency Response Team use Taser guns. The device can be used to disable a human target to just over 6m. It fires probes fastened to copper wires which attach to offenders and discharge a five-second burst of 55,000 volts.
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