Man reportedly on fire outside of New York Trump trial

Emergency crews doused the flames and man taken away on stretcher, according to US media reports.

A police officer uses a fire extinguisher after responding to a person covered in flames outside the courthouse where former US President Donald Trump facing criminal trial. [Brendan McDermid/Reuters]Published On 19 Apr 202419 Apr 2024

A man was reportedly on fire outside of the Manhattan courthouse where former United States President Donald Trump is standing trial on criminal charges for falsifying business records.

CNN reported the man was covered in flames outside of the courthouse. Inside, the fourth day of the Trump trial was unfolding, with jury selection concluding.

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A correspondent for the network was reporting live on air when the incident occurred at a park across the street.

“There is chaos that is happening,” she said. “I can smell the burning of agent used.”

“We now have officers removing their coats, trying to surround his body to engulf him from further going into flames,” she said. “People are climbing over the barricade to try to separate the public from this man.”

A video of the incident showed the man still in flames and twitching on the concrete as a police officer rushed over with a fire extinguisher.

Politico reporter Emily Ngo said that police appeared to initially have trouble reaching the man due to barricades around the park.

There has been massive security at the trial as Trump faces felony charges related to hush money payments he allegedly made to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

Reporters from across the world have been staked out at the courthouse during the trial.

“very scary, active scene,” Ngo wrote on X.

“He was responsive when he was removed but he is very, very badly burned. Body charred,” she wrote.

Witnesses at the scene said that pro-Trump supporters were near the man when he apparently set himself on fire. They scattered as the blaze grew.

The man, whose identity was not immediately known, was carried away on a stretcher. A smoldering backpack and a gas can remained visible at the scene.

This is a developing story. 

Source: News Agencies