Man Douses Clothes in Lighter Fluid, Lights Himself on Fire Outside Houston Courthouse

Man Douses Clothes in Lighter Fluid, Lights Himself on Fire Outside Houston Courthouse
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A man was rushed to the hospital after dousing himself in lighter fluid and setting himself on fire outside a downtown Houston courthouse Tuesday afternoon, according to county employees.

The man, who has not been identified, set himself on fire outside of the historic 1910 Harris County Courthouse at about 2:10 p.m. Tuesday, while yelling "God bless America," and "Justice!" according to KHOU.

The bizarre scene apparently shocked bystanders, who were caught off guard as the man ran down the steps of the old civil courthouse while still on fire.

The man then put the flames out with that old "stop, drop and roll" trick, and ran back up the steps, where he apparently removed most of his clothes.

"Oh yeah, he was engulfed in flames," witness Sean Heath told KHOU reporters. "He used some kind of charcoal lighter on himself."

"[He was] standing there butt naked," Heath said.

The nearly naked man then proceeded to take a pair of shorts out of his backpack and put them on before running into the building, witnesses said.

Once he was inside the courthouse, courthouse employees say, he made his way up a flight of stairs and entered the bathroom. He was arrested inside the building shortly after.

While he was obviously injured, witnesses say, the man was still able to walk over to an ambulance, where his hand was bandaged. He appeared to have burns on his stomach and back as well.

No reason has yet been given for the man's sudden outburst.


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