Man sets himself on fire in Harvard Square
By adamg on Sun, 10/31/2021 - 2:28pm
A worshipper at Christ Church on Garden Street reports she came out of services today to something you don't expect to see:
A guy just set himself on fire in front of my church (Christ Church). He was wearing fire proof clothing, I think it was a stunt and/or a crazy guy, he was running around and yelling. Tons of police cars and ambulances. They took him away in an ambulance, I couldn’t see if he was resisting or not.
Cambridge Day has more details, interviews witnesses who say the man seemed to have some serious burns.
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Someone has a massive screw loose, whatever their motivation.
They also are neglecting that fire consumes oxygen, fireproof clothing or not, and such a stunt could end very badly without burns.
Or more importantly, produces CO2
I believe we can tolerate somewhat low oxygen -- but even a few extra percentage points of CO2 is pretty dangerous. And carbon monoxide would be worse.
I don't know if that's a real risk in this situation, though -- open air and whatnot.
Terrifying. This person is
Terrifying. This person is suffering.
I hope he didn't get his
I hope he didn't get his fireproof stuff from Kenmore Army/Navy. There's a sign on the outfit outside the door that states it's not intended for actual use. Looks cool but doesn't work at all.
It could have been drugs. I've seen this happen personally.. There is a reason why Richard Pryor wrote an entire comedic routine about this.. he knows. It happened to him.
The guy could have been trying to light a pipe and it caught him on fire.
The man is my friend
I just want to correct the random guesses. It was not a stunt, it was a suicide attempt. He has battled schizofrenia for much of his life.