THE hunted down two arsonists who took a selfie before setting fire to the Christmas tree in front of Key West’s South Pole buoy on Saturday morning.
A webcam near the buoy captured the arsonists’ moment before the crime, where the two men took pictures of each other with the tree.
Other images show men looking around and sitting by the water’s edge.
Then, just minutes after taking the selfie, the men set the tree ablaze, extinguishing as it burst into flames.
The local fire brigade has arrived at the scene within minutes, extinguish the fire without incident. In the morning, webcam images showed tourists seeing the charred float.
However, after the initial shock, visitors returned to take selfies with the landmark.
The buoy is located 90 miles away the coast of Cuba and has been a popular US destination since 1983 when it was founded.
It is a red, yellow, black and white marker resembling a giant marine buoy.
After suffering damage from Hurricane Irma, the buoy was restored in 2017.
The site is the southernmost point of Key West’s street network, however, there are parts of Florida further south.
The actual southernmost point of the United States is in Hawaii.
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https://www.the-sun.com/news/4380395/key-west-buoy-arson-selfie/ The moment ‘burners’ posed for selfies before ‘lighting the Christmas tree’ at Key West’s South Pole landmark