NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The MTA on Tuesday slammed a viral video showing a man with a flamethrower on top of a New York City bus, torching the air as a group of onlookers cheer him on.
The bizarre scene unfolded around 5:30 p.m. back on Sunday, Nov. 8 on Franklin Avenue in Bed-Stuy, according to the MTA.
Videos posted to social media show a man climb on top of an ice cream truck before moving to the roof of a B26 bus – which had 25 passengers on board – that had stopped at the intersection.
While atop the bus, the man ignites the flamethrower as the crowd below can be heard cheering loudly on video. As the bus started to move again, the man walked to the back of the bus and jumped down.
According to Brooklyn rapper Dupree God, the stunt was part of some sort of music video tribute shoot to the Staten Island-based hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan.
He posted footage of the scene to his Instagram page, saying the shoot was “insane.” His account has since gone private.
"We shut Franklin Avenue Down. With amazing energy. We are in this together. We The ILLest. Video coming,” the rapper wrote.
His social media pages showed he invited people to join him on Franklin Avenue for free ice-cream, T-shirts and champagne, as part of the video shoot.
It did not appear that the rapper had permits to film at the location and the NYPD said it is investigating the incident.
MTA spokesman Tim Minton says the transit agency is working with the NYPD and slammed the stunt as reckless.
“We don’t even need to say how absurd, dangerous and just plain stupid this was,” he said in a statement to WCBS 880. “The reckless individual who torched over the top of an occupied bus put New Yorkers, including the bus operator, in life-threatening peril. We are grateful the courageous actions of the operator in moving riders to safety minimized risk, and are cooperating fully with the NYPD investigation.”
No injuries were reported in the incident and the bus was discharged at the following stop.
WCBS 880 has reached out to the NYPD for comment.