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Man sets American flags on fire in State College

Video circulating on social media shows a man bending down to burn American flags in State College, several of which had already been set on fire.

The video was hot aboout the time of Donald Trump’s inauguration as president of the United States, according to witnesses who were at the intersection of North Atherton Street and West College Avenue.

“I love this country,” the man who was setting them on fire said. “...We need to burn (flags) now.”

Three men, however, confronted him and two ripped the remaining untarnished flags from his grip.

State College police talked to the flag burner after the incident.

The man was practicing free speech, but also obstructing traffic, according to Lt. Chris Fishel, who said police will continue to investigate the incident. Video surveillance of the area will be key to the investigation.

No charges have been filed.

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