Man lights himself on fire outside White House
A man has set himself ablaze near the White House, prompting US Secret Service agents to intervene.
Iran Press/America: The incident took place Friday afternoon around 3 p.m., and video footage showed Secret Service agents carrying the man to another location near the White House. Secret Service and D.C. Metropolitan Police are searching two bags the man had in proximity to him.
The man has been transported to a local hospital for what appear to be non-life-threatening injuries, Secret Service said in a statement. The identity of the man has not yet been disclosed, CBS News reported.
"USSS Uniformed Division Officers responded in seconds, extinguished the fire and began to administer first aid. Pedestrian traffic on Pennsylvania Avenue was closed following the incident. This is an ongoing investigation," Secret Service said in a statement noted.
It's unclear if the man had any intention of making a political statement, or what his mental state was at the time.
Secret Service apprehended the man on the 15th Street side of Lafayette Park, directly across from the White House, according to one CBS News employee who witnessed part of the incident. Secret Service agents physically picked up the man and carried him to the other side of the park. 101/211/201