A Brooklyn, New York rapper turned himself over to police on Wednesday after he filmed a now-viral video of himself climbing on top of a New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) bus and firing off a flamethrower on Sunday, Nov. 8.
The Instagram account Massinissanyc was among the first to share the video of the pyrotechnics. In the video, a man is seen hopping from the top of an ice cream truck, onto the top of the MTA bus before letting off a series of blast from his flamethrower. The Instagram user posted, “Special effects” shenanings @dupreegod @iamjoeshow @therealstunnadior @lifeofsmorris @_msprinstine @rhoxylezama @iamhoney___ @yanaberry @abbie_artista @jmassiah90 @_alieninvasion_ @keemyuptownn @my_july29_ #viral #movie #fire #flamethrowed @worldstare @50cent @50centaday”
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On Wednesday, the Brooklyn-based rapper Christopher Dupree, known as Dupree G.O.D., turned himself over to the NYPD on Wednesday, Vulture reported.
The New York Post reported MTA and City Hall officials confirmed no permit was given for the shoot.
In the video, unspent fuel appears to splash over the top of the MTA bus before catching on fire.
At one point, a man who appears to be the bus driver steps out from the bus and watches the pyrotechnic display.
In another video taken from street level, the flamethrower wielding rapper can be seen shooting blasts of fire onto the street below, behind the bus.
“We don’t even need to say how absurd, dangerous and just plain stupid this was,” MTA spokesman Tim Minton told the New York Post. “The reckless individual who torched over the top of an occupied bus put New Yorkers, including the bus operator, in life-threatening peril.”
The MTA bus, identified as Bus 26 had about 25 passengers aboard during the incident, according to MTA authorities who spoke to the New York Post.
The New York Post reported Dupree was released from Brooklyn criminal court on Thursday morning following an appearance for reckless endangerment and trespassing charges. Another charge of criminal possession of a weapon was reportedly downgraded to an illegal use of a torch charge.
Speaking to the New York Post Thursday, Dupree complimented the publication on its Wednesday front page cover photo for his arrest. “The cover looked amazing! I (saw) it online.”