In a dramatic turn of events, the courthouse in New York City where former President Donald Trump’s civil business fraud trial is being held was temporarily evacuated yesterday. The incident occurred shortly after the conclusion of the day’s testimony when a man set fire to some documents and then doused them with a fire extinguisher, causing alarm among those present.
Firefighters swiftly responded to an alarm on the fourth floor of the New York State Supreme Court Building in Lower Manhattan. As smoke filled the stairwell between the third and fourth floors, authorities quickly cleared the building, ensuring the safety of everyone inside.
According to court spokesperson Al Baker, a man was apprehended and arrested in connection with the incident. While further details were not immediately released, an investigation is underway to determine the incident’s motive and circumstances. Fortunately, no injuries were reported, and those evacuated were allowed to return to the building shortly afterward.
Notably, the evacuation took place hours after the day’s testimony concluded in the civil fraud trial of former President Trump’s case that has been ongoing on the building’s third floor for almost three months. Judge Arthur Engoron, overseeing the Trump trial, was among those compelled to exit the premises.
Notably, Donald Trump was not present in the building during the incident. The lawyers involved in the case are expected to present their closing arguments next month, marking a critical phase in the trial.
The New York State Supreme Court Building, with its iconic Corinthian columns and grand front steps, is familiar to many. It has frequently appeared in popular movies and television shows, including “Law & Order” and “Night Court.” The building’s historical significance and role in high-profile trials further increase its prominence in the public eye.
While the temporary evacuation disrupted proceedings briefly, it serves as a reminder of the intense scrutiny and charged atmosphere surrounding this high-stakes trial. As the trial unfolds, the world watches with bated breath, awaiting the final verdict and its potential implications.