Fire Breather Battles Mexican Mariachi in the World’s Most Bizarre Street Fight

CCTV cameras in Mexico recently recorded one of the strangest street fights in history involving a band of mariachi and a fire-breathing performer quarreling over busking territory.

They say life is stranger than fiction and a short video clip captured by surveillance cameras in the Mexican city of Morelia proves it! Not even the brilliant Quentin Tarantino could have come up with the idea of a fiery street fight between a group of guitar-armed mariachi and a street-performing fire-breather in broad daylight, but that’s exactly what occurred last week, at a busy intersection in the Mexican capital. The viral video shows a man being chased by a mariachi and then put in a headlock until more mariachi arrives. They punch and kick the man, but then he turns the tables on them, as he starts blowing plumes of flames at them, literally setting them ablaze. Not the kind of thing you see every day, that’s for sure!

The bizarre incident occurred outside a taco restaurant called El Inferno in Morelia, west of the capital, and was caught on camera by surveillance cameras, otherwise, few would believe it actually happened. The fire-breathing performer was the only one who went to the hospital to have his wounds treated, but the footage shows at least one of the mariachi being set ablaze by the enraged fire-breather. The members of the mariachi group were all wearing shirts, and their clothes quickly caught on fire.


According to local police, the street fight most likely began over territory, as street performers often tend to compete for the right to perform in coveted places known to generate higher daily revenue. Competition between buskers in Mexico is so fierce that such disputes involve firearms and can prove fatal. This is one of the very few cases, if not the only one, where fire breathing was used as a weapon.

The original video of the altercation was reportedly pulled from YouTube, but shorter clips are still doing the rounds online.

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