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VIDEO: Arsonist engulfs gas pump in flames at Staten Island store

Posted at 5:30 AM, Aug 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-01 05:36:28-04

(NBC) - Police in New York are looking for a man who tried to blow up a Staten Island gas station earlier this week.

The NYPD released a video of the Monday morning incident, which shows the man purposely spraying gas around the pump as he fills a red gas can.

He then lights a piece of paper on fire and places the flaming paper on the spilled gasoline.

The fuel quickly ignites with flames engulfing the man in less than a second.

The gas station's fire-suppression system was triggered, which extinguished the flames.

The arsonist then fled the scene.

A 21-year-old man, who was near the fire when it started, is hospitalized with internal injuries.

Courtesy NBC News Channel