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However, her hair came in contact with the flames and set it on fire.
Watch the clip below to see what happened:
The Simple Life star posted the video on her Instagram with the caption: "Well… so far 40 is 🔥".
When bending over the cake with a picture of a younger version of herself on it and icing that reads: "Happy Birthday Nicole", both sides of her hair appear to come in contact with a candle flame.
While the right side is quickly extinguished by a nearby guest, the left side quickly spreads upwards, leading to more frantic movements from Nicole and those around her.
Luckily Nicole is okay and able to celebrate the rest of her birthday in peace.
Meanwhile, Nicole's celebrity friends and followers rushed to the comments section to wish her happy birthday as well as to see whether she was alright after the close call.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell said: "Happy birthday Cuz , are you ok Cuz. ? May reign on is all ❤️🎂❤️🎂❤️🎂".
Grey's Anatomy's Ellen Pompeo wrote: "HBD!!! I hope you’re okay! ❤️".
"I feel awful for laughing I’m sry also happy birthday!!!", commented Queer Eye's Antoni Porowski.
This also appears not to be the first time as celebrity hairstylist Gregory Russell commented: "STOP!!! AGAIN?!?!"
'Harleys In Hawaii' singer Katy Perry simply commented: "WAIT NO WAY WAIT OMG".
Nicole Richie's posting to Instagram and tongue-in-cheek caption seem to imply that she was not seriously injured by the event. Still, it's enough to rattle anyone.
Hoping that you enjoyed the rest of your birthday Nicole and that you're okay!
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/nicolerichie
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