When a D.C. man set himself on fire at the National Mall in the nation’s capital, some passersby first thought they were watching a stunt. That thought quickly passed as the sight of a man on fire and the smell of burning flesh quickly turned their curiosity into horror.
According to the New York Daily News on Oct. 4, witnesses report a man with a camera on a tripod was set up and aimed at the man about to go up in flames before he lit the match that started the fire. It looked as if this incident was planned and the man on fire had an accomplice with him filming the entire incident.
It was obvious the man with the tripod was ready to film this man, as he was set up like he was ready to film something and he had his camera fixated on the man, reports a witness. The man stood there and took a canister of gas, poured it over his head and then lit himself on fire, without much fanfare.
Joggers passing by ran to the man and took their shirts off, using them to put the man’s flames out. A woman who was at the park with her toddler son started over to the man on fire, thinking it was a stunt of some sort.
The mom then realized that this man was going up in flames as people were yelling to “get some water.” The mom then looked around and saw that everyone had their phones out, but they were taking a video of this horrific scene and it didn’t seem as if anyone called for help, so she called 911.
The man was awake and breathing as the paramedics were taking him away and he thanked the joggers for coming to his rescue. The man is in serious condition in the hospital after his self-inflicted fire show on the National Mall. His name was not released as of yet.
This didn't look like a stunt gone wrong, witnesses conveyed. It looked like a man was torching himself on purpose, which is horrendous, but having a friend catching this all on tape is down right sick.