- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) - Police arrested a New York City man after they said he pretended he was going to set himself on fire in a crowded elevator at a Jersey shore motel as part of a social media prank.

Eight people, including two 3-year-olds, were in the elevator at the Isle of Palms motel in Wildwood on Sunday.

Police say the occupants believed 19-year-old Austin Gaile had poured gasoline on himself and they believed their lives were in danger. But Gaile had poured water from a gasoline container and was attempting to light it in order to post a video of their reactions online.

Gaile is held on $90,000 bail, charged with false public alarm, child endangerment and marijuana possession.

It’s not known if he has a lawyer.


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