“I see this girl with her pant leg on fire and a gas can trailing fire through the driveway,” Andrew Liverpool, an eyewitness to the 27-year-old starlet’s antics that resulted in her being placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold for 72 hours, told E! News Tuesday.
“I quickly pull over to go help her and when I got over here,” Liverpool said, indicating the spot on the driveway where he encountered Bynes, “she put the fire out on her leg and was rushing over to her dog.”
“I kicked the gas can over and moved it to the middle of the driveway so nothing else would catch on fire. And I said, ‘Are you OK?’ She was kind of frantic and discombobulated, and many people rushed over to try to assess the situation and when I looked back up, she was gone.”
Liverpool said that another bystander called 911 and he took off down the street to look for Bynes. When he saw her, she was on her phone and about to get into a cab.
There were no injuries reported and Bynes was detained but not ultimately arrested, though she did meet the criteria for a 5150 hold, according to a spokesperson for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. A 5150 usually indicates that the person has been deemed a possible threat to him or herself or others.