A man wearing a gas mask jumped on top of an NYC bus in New York City and began blasting a flamethrower as onlookers cheered and recorded the bizarre stunt on their cell phones.
The incident took place at around 5:30 p.m. on November 8th, on Putnam Avenue at the intersection with Franklin Avenue in Bed-Stuy, according to the MTA.
In videos posted to social media, a man can be seen standing on top of an ice cream truck that appeared to be involved in the stunt. He then jumped over to the top of the bus as it slowly moved toward the traffic light. By the time he was on top of the bus, crowds of curiosity seekers gathered on both sides of the street with their cellphones.
Then the man began shooting off a flamethrower, causing the crowd to cheer, and the bus to stop. Fireballs began dripping down from the flamethrower's stream and landing on the top of the bus. When the bus starts moving again, the man jumped off the back of the bus, after shooting a giant stream of fire onto the ground below him.
The stunt was part of a Wu-tang tribute music video by local rapper Dupree God, according to his social media.
— WhatIsNewYork (@whatisny) November 17, 2020
Flame Thrower Bus Jump( special effects) pic.twitter.com/gEWNvwsqHv
— Dupree G.O.D (@DupreeGOD) November 10, 2020
MTA said that whoever was involved with the shoot did not get permits, and that there were 25 passengers on the bus when the incident occurred. All 25 passengers got off the bus at the next stop and onto another one so the bus could be repaired.
The NYPD said it was investigating after the Sergeants Benevolent Association tweeted out a video of the incident.
“NYC is NOT safe YOU are being lied to,” the union said in a Tweet that has since been deleted.
The NYPD confirmed the investigation on social media.
We are aware of a video circulating social media that shows a man using a flame thrower on top of a bus in Brooklyn.
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) November 17, 2020
“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 bus put New Yorkers, including the bus operator, in life-threatening peril,” MTA spokesman Tim Minton said.