Ice Bucket Competitiveness Raising Safety Concerns

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- It's a challenge sweeping the nation one ice water bucket at a time, for a degenerative disease without a cure, but how far is too far?

As of Friday, August 22, the ALS Association received $53.3 million in donations, throughout the month, compared to $2.2 million during the same time period last year.

As challenges grew from simple to grand, accidental mishaps could have turned tragic as dozens have had coolers and buckets strike them in the head.

Director of Shawnee County Emergency Management put such an occurrence in perspective, saying, "If you take 100 pounds and drop it one meter, and bring it to a sudden stop, you are exerting almost 1,400 lbs of force. So when these people are dropping coolers from up and above accidentally, they are dropping several hundred pounds of force on their head, it could cause significant spinal damage."

While attempting to douse a college band in Campbellsville, Kentucky, four fire fighters suffered electrical shocks when their ladder got too close to an overhead power line. One is still in critical condition.

Sterbenz himself has taken the challenge so he says he's not trying to douse the fun, just reminding you to not get carried away. He says, "Have fun be safe and lets not have any further injuries from this."

Since july 29th, the ALS Association says the donations have come from existing donors and 1.1 million new donors to the association.