Um, yeah, it's like dodge ball, but with fuel soaked, burning rags. This definitely goes under the "people do weird things when tradition and testosterone mix" category. Reportedly beginning when the El Playon volcano erupted in 1685, Bolas de Fuego (Balls of Fire) has been a tradition in the town of Nejapa ever since and every August 31st, crowds of excited onlookers jam the streets to watch young men hurl fireballs at each other. Despite the obvious danger, few serious injuries have been reported. Crazy.
full story over at Environmental Grafitti