A man lit himself on fire on the Ellipse south of the White House. A video that was tweeted shows the man calmly walking around as multiple responding agencies rush to put out the flames!
At approximately 12:20 p.m. a man lit himself on fire on the Ellipse near 15th and Constitution Ave., Secret Service personnel are on scene assisting @NatlParkService and @usparkpolicepio in rendering first aid.
— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) May 29, 2019
— Krisjan Berzins (@KrisjanBerzins) May 29, 2019
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According to FoxNews a man lit himself on fire in a park outside the White House on Wednesday, prompting a large emergency response, officials said.
A man who said his daughter witnessed the incident said the person had been running through the park before setting himself ablaze.
The Secret Service said in a statement the unidentified man was being transported to a local hospital. His condition was not immediately known.Luckily the man managed to stand upright before officials got to him, amid reports that he was wearing a protective suit which would have given him some protection from the flames the DailyMail noted.
The man suffered burns on 85 percent of his body and there was a suspicious package on fire near him which was also extinguished, according to TMZ.
He was later transported to a nearby hospital with ‘life threatening’ injuries.
More than 70 officers flocked to the scene from multiple agencies. Several tourists and visitors were in the vicinity, but there were no other injuries reported.