Man Sets Himself On Fire Outside Trump Trial Courthouse

Media vehicles are parked outside of the Manhattan Criminal Court building as former US President Donald Trump attends his trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments linked to extramarital affairs, in New York City on April 19, 2024. A panel of 12 jurors was sworn in on April 18, 2024, for the unprecedented criminal trial of a former US president. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

OAN’s Brooke Mallory
10:51 AM – Friday, April 19, 2024

An unidentified man outside of the Manhattan Criminal Court building appears to have poured gasoline on himself and abruptly set himself on fire alongside onlookers and pedestrians.


According to Laura Coates, a CNN reporter on the scene, his body burned for around a minute and a half, and ambulances are currently on the way, with sirens being audibly heard.

The crowd of people around the building watched in shock and terror as the man sat down and took on the flames.

CNN later reported that someone ran over and sprayed the burning man with a fire extinguisher. Nevertheless, Coates went on to say that the man appeared to be taking part “in an act of a self-immolation.”

However, Coates cut out, and the network went on a quick commercial break.

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