Twitter reactions are pouring in after an artificial Christmas tree was lit on fire in Manhattan overnight. The incident occurred at the Fox News building and a 49-year-old man is in custody for allegedly setting the flames.
"A police department spokesperson confirmed a 49-year-old man was in custody but investigators couldn't confirm an incendiary device was used. A light was removed from the suspect, though it's also unclear whether it was used," NBC New York reported.
Earlier this morning, a 49-year-old man climbed a Christmas tree at 48 St & 6th Ave in Manhattan & lit a fire causing the tree to become engulfed in flames. The fire was extinguished & responding officers arrested the suspect, who has been charged for this crime.pic.twitter.com/IeYwG8B5bj— NYPD NEWS (@NYPD NEWS) 1638966051
The Christmas tree had been lit in the traditional sense on Sunday and was "filled with 10,000 glass ornaments, 100,000 lights and it took over 21 hours to put together," according to NBC New York.
Here's how some people are responding to the crime on Twitter:
Fox News\u2019 Christmas tree is on fire if you were wondering what Kamala will be blamed for tomorrow.pic.twitter.com/YaBwwoAJYn— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen) 1638950460
Christmas Tree outside Fox News building on fire probably set by Chris Cuomopic.twitter.com/spOMFOqTJM— john (@john) 1638946915
For everybody wondering what the Fox Christmas tree looked like after the fire, here you go. (Fake tree for Fake news, fitting.)pic.twitter.com/pYwgvflXOg— Iona (@Iona) 1638962430
Just to be clear this is an artificial tree so why didn't Fox News buy a fire resistant artificial tree?! Maybe they had no $ left after paying their hosts to spew white supremacy and lies about Covid. #FreedomfromFoxNewshttps://twitter.com/nypost/status/1468473180398440452\u00a0\u2026— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@(((DeanObeidallah)))) 1638967175
When you tell too many lies, Jesus sets your Christmas tree on fire.— Jesus Fucking Christ \ud83c\udf08 (@Jesus Fucking Christ \ud83c\udf08) 1638967642
I\u2019m just glad the dude that set fire to the NYC Christmas tree is in custody pic.twitter.com/TnchFu5FTS— Tommy Chong (@Tommy Chong) 1638960642
They laughed when I said the War on Christmas is real. Now the Antifa Grinch has set the Fox News Christmas tree on fire. Tucker Carlson had us dreaming of an all white Christmas & they\u2019ve ruined it. I don\u2019t even know if it\u2019s worth putting the elf on the shelf this year.pic.twitter.com/BWwwONmtZP— Guy Who Does His Own Research (@Guy Who Does His Own Research) 1638964992
Several Fox News personalities reacted to the incident as well:
RIP beautiful tree. \n\nhttps://nypost.com/2021/12/08/one-arrest-after-christmas-tree-set-on-fire-outside-news-corp-building-in-nyc/\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/ZmGZ4VKcD0— Katie Pavlich (@Katie Pavlich) 1638963107
New York Times Headline: \u201cTree Catches Fire.\u201d Well, it didn\u2019t spontaneously combust. A dangerous individual SET THE TREE ON FIRE. Sadly predictable.pic.twitter.com/D0Y6XRO5Gd— Dagen McDowell (@Dagen McDowell) 1638963478
I don\u2019t want to hear anything about how radical some of you believe republicans to be when there are lunatics running around New York City setting Fox News Christmas tree on fire.— Meghan McCain (@Meghan McCain) 1638965138
One of the most hateful acts. Thank God none of my colleagues we're hurt. Fox Square's All-American Christmas Tree burned in fire, suspect arrestedhttps://www.foxnews.com/us/fox-square-christmas-tree-fire-suspect-arrested\u00a0\u2026— Gianno Caldwell (@Gianno Caldwell) 1638967730
Our beautiful Christmas tree on fox square was set on fire last night. What a sad day.— Janice Dean (@Janice Dean) 1638961604
A homeless wack job burned our Fox Christmas tree to the ground \u2014 lawless NYC. Thanks NYPD and FDNY for scrambling so rapidly to help!!pic.twitter.com/xNiJuLFDcB— Brian Kilmeade (@Brian Kilmeade) 1638970554