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Man sets himself on fire in front of the White House

Posted: 1:30 PM, Apr 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-12 23:29:18Z
Report: Man sets himself on fire in front of the White House

The United States Secret Service confirmed that a man set himself on fire in front of the White House on Friday, forcing officers to move the public back from the fence line.

The US Secret Service closed pedestrian traffic near the White House. President Donald Trump was not under any threat by Friday's incident.

"A male subject operating an electronic wheelchair-type scooter lit his outer jacket on fire while sitting along Pennsylvania Ave. outside the North Fence Line," the Secret Service said. "Uniformed Division Officers immediately responded, extinguished the fire and rendered first aid."

The Secret Service said the man had what appears to be non-life threatening injuries.