|Man breathing fire (illustration)|
A man was arrested on a charge of reckless endangerment after allegedly spitting fire into a crowd of people on the street, police in Washington said.
The Seattle Police Department Officers tried to talk with the 22-year-old man on Saturday night, after they caught him spewing flames from his mouth on a busy Capitol Hill street.
Officers Sandlin Grayson and Christopher James were working around 10:30 p.m., when they spotted a four-foot plume of flame shooting over a crowd of people in the 900 block of E. Pike Street.
As officers moved toward the stream of fire, they discovered the flames were coming from the 22-year-old man’s mouth.
Officers Grayson and James explained to the man that he was creating a risk for people on the street, and they asked him to curtail his human torch routine.
The man refused to stop, and declined to tell officers his name.
Officers became concerned when they saw the man manipulating the can of butane and lighter in his hands, and asked him to turn them over.
He refused and struggled with officers when they attempted to take the can away from him.
After securing the can of gas, they arrested the 22-year-old for reckless endangerment, and booked him into the King County Jail.