RIVERHEAD - A Long Island mother says a weekend barbecue turned horribly wrong when a gel candle exploded and severely burned her 14-year-old son.

Nancy Reyer says her son, Michael Hubbard, is now in critical condition at Stony Brook Children's Hospital battling third-degree burns on over 40 percent of his body after the candle exploded last Saturday.

Michael isn't the first person to suffer burns from a gel candle. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there have been multiple recalls of gel candles dating back to the late 1990s because the candles flare up and cause injury.