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Man lights self on fire outside Trump trial courthouse

Thomas Tracy, New York Daily News on

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NEW YORK — A man set himself on fire in a park across from Manhattan Criminal Court Friday where former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial continues, according to a report.

Firefighters and emergency medical technicians were called to the scene about 1:15 p.m. after the man burst into flames inside a barricaded area at the park.

“(It was a) very scary, active scene,” Politico reporter Emily Ngo posted on X. “Did not hear him say anything before he dosed himself with a fluid.”

The man had some large oak tag cards in front of him when he decided to self-immolate, Ngo said.

After the fire was extinguished, EMS rushed him to an area hospital for treatment.


“He was responsive when he was removed, but he is very, very badly burned,” Ngo said.

The incident occurred as prosecutors and attorneys for Trump wound down their first week in the historic “hush money” trial involving porn actress Stormy Daniels.


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