A man set himself on fire a short distance away from the White House in Washington, DC. The fire was put out by emergency services, officials confirmed, and the unidentified man has been hospitalized.
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
A Washington Fire Department (WFD) spokesperson told CNBC that they had “transported one patient with burns” and were assisting law enforcement.
The man, whose name has not been released, set himself alight on the Ellipse, about halfway between the White House and the Washington Monument.
Footage posted on Twitter showed a figure engulfed in flames as emergency services rushed in to spray fire extinguishers on him. There have been no official updates on his medical condition.
In a similar incident in April, a man using a motorized wheelchair attempted to light himself on fire outside the White House, before being detained by the Secret Service.