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People Are Taking Smiling Selfies At The Scene Of The NYC Explosion That Killed 2 People

The New York Post and others blasted the trend, calling them "village idiots."

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But to some people in the city, the scene was nothing more than a perfect place for a selfie.

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Really?!

Everyone should flag garbage person @christinafreund for taking a despicable selfie at site of East Village explosion

Yikes.

@evgrieve please someone return them to times square

Even reporters were doing it.

A reporter for @Univision snaps a selfie while covering East Village fire

The selfie snappers were met with rage on social media and local newspapers, with the New York Post deeming them "village idiots."

Selfie taken outside site of East Village explosion sparks outrage http://t.co/LORMEzh1bq by @Stableford

Twitter users were equally harsh.

PSA: Don't be this person. Ever: Tourist Takes Smiling Selfie From East Village Explosion Site http://t.co/z4peSaqJqo

I hope those 8 @nypost #villageidiots feel SOME remorse now, but they used a selfie stick at an explosion site, all they care for is 'Likes'

Psychopaths take selfie in front of 2nd Ave explosion. Later seen digging through rubble for fries. Pic c/o @evgrieve

One of the selfie-takers told the New York Post they were trying to be satirical, but it backfired.

"My intention was to point out how many people post selfies in inappropriate times and it backfired," Jeanie Slade said.

Stephanie McNeal is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Stephanie McNeal at stephanie.mcneal@buzzfeed.com.

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