Man lights self on fire on Pennsylvania Ave. in DC

Posted at 3:48 PM, Apr 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-12 16:13:00-04

Fox News -A man lit himself on fire while just outside the White House on Friday, officials said.

Secret Service agents responded to reports just after 3 p.m. that a man had set himself ablaze while positioned along the White House’s North Fence Line, according to a tweet.

The suspect was “operating an electric wheelchair-type scooter” when officials say he set his outer jacket ablaze. He was immediately met with Uniformed Division Officers who put out the fire and administered first aid, the Secret Service said in a separate tweet.

The man was taken to an area hospital, where he was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Secret Service agents reportedly cleared the North Lawn, and were canvassing the area for any additional devices that might have been brought to the area. Officials also shut down Pennsylvania Avenue to pedestrian traffic, while additional nearby streets were closed to vehicles.