In an effort to evaluate fire-extinguishing strategies currently employed by the FDNY, the department is planning to burn down 20 vacant homes on Governors Island to see if any modifications are necessary.
ABC reports on the plan which arose in light of recent studies finding the plastic filling incorporated in modern furniture to be highly inflammable.
And don't worry about the island's historic sites! Governors Island reassures, "Don't worry everyone! The #FDNY fire testing is ONLY on soon to be demolished non-historic buildings. The historic sites are all safe!"
The FDNY's normal firefighting procedure involves getting firefighters atop burning homes in order to open holes on the roof to release deadly gases and smoke. An FDNY guide explains, "Venting the windows on the top floor, in conjunction with the hole in the roof, will usually result in an indraft of fresh air into the top floor which will be carried out along with heat and smoke through the roof opening and permit advance of hose lines, search, rescue and opening up operations."
In 2011, nearly 450,000 people visited the popular island, which has recently undergone a major redesign orchestrated by architect Adriaan Geuze and is slated to open in the fall.
Governors Island held its annual Jazz Age Lawn Party in June, where New Yorkers ferried to Gatsby-esque festivities, live music, and flapper attire. The next Lawn Party will be held on August 18 and 19.
Check out the scene from June's fete party below: