LAST EDITED ON 07-01-13 AT 05:04 PM (EST)
I can't believe that the flaming stumble was on purpose, but it does seem like that that's what a non-pro might do. Accidentally. If so, the producers would have had a few minutes of panic. It didn't look as if the burning man had much protection on his head.
I'm not real familiar Benzene, but in Britain, gasoline is referred to as Benzene, and that definitely has an odor and is toxic.
Here Benzene is naphtha, or petroleum ether. It is not considered safe to use because of its extreme flamability. In order to handle Benzene safely, gloves and eye protection are required, so it's safe to say that skin and eye contact would not be safe. And it is carcinogenic.
I think it's reasonable to conclude that some form of alcohol was used instead, and that a full body protective suit was worn.
I will say that to the camera, those wounds looked authentic. Kudos to the makeup artists. And last week's as well, although the explanation given for the delay of the fish tank breaking, that "it was cracked, and pressure rose in the tank until it gave way" was silly.
And the golf cart explosion? What will the corpse look like? Pieces? Being wedged in the crook of that tree might produce a real corpse.