Police and transit officials in New York City are still sizzling after a man fired a flamethrower atop a city bus in an unsanctioned stunt for a music video.
Multiple videos posted on social media show a shirtless man leaping from the top of an ice cream truck onto a passing bus, then firing a flamethrower into the air and onto the street. One video appears to have been shot from a drone, while another was recorded from in front of the ice cream truck at the scene.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) and the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) say they are investigating the incident. No injuries were reported.
“We don’t even need to say how absurd, dangerous and just plain stupid this was. The reckless individual who torched over the top of an occupied city bus put New Yorkers, including the bus operator, in life-threatening peril,” an MTA spokesperson told NBC New York.
He added that the driver halted the bus and evacuated the roughly two dozen passengers inside.
“We are grateful the courageous actions of the operator in moving riders to safety minimized risk, and are cooperating fully with the NYPD investigation,” the MTA spokesperson said.
Using a flamethrower is not illegal in New York City, although a state bill is in the works to outlaw possession of such a weapon.
The drone video was posted on rapper Dupree G.O.D’s Instagram and Twitter accounts shortly after the incident took place. His Instagram page has been set to private, but the video is publicly available on Twitter.
“‘Wutang’ music video shoot was insane,” he wrote on Instagram.
He described the video as “special effects” on both platforms. However, witnesses have said the flames were real.
“It’s unsafe, it’s just crazy,” Elliot Bey, owner of a nearby wine shop, told NBC.
Flame Thrower Bus Jump( special effects) pic.twitter.com/gEWNvwsqHv
— Dupree G.O.D (@DupreeGOD) November 10, 2020
He did not respond to a request for comment from NBC News.
Other videos on Dupree G.O.D’s account appear to show the same bearded man staging several stunts, including a game of “flamethrower tag” in a video posted Nov. 3.
The video shows the bearded man chasing several others around a parking lot with the flamethrower. “Say hello to my little friend!” he can be heard saying in the video.
Witnesses told CBS 2 that the bus stunt was the grand finale for a music video.
Dupree G.O.D has not commented on the incident.
No arrests or charges had been announced as of Wednesday morning.
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