A man set himself on fire outside the White House
- Secret Service said a man set himself on fire at approximately 12:20, near the Ellipse- a large common area tourists can visit near the White House lawn.
- The man's condition is unknown, though Secret Service said the National Park Service and US Park Police were rendering first aid.
- In video of the incident, a man can be seen engulfed in flames before the fire was extinguished.
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A man set himself on fire near the White House lawn on Wednesday, less than two months after another man attempted to do the same thing.
The Secret Service said in a tweet that the man set himself on fire at approximately 12:20 pm, near the Ellipse - a large common area where tourists visit - and the National Museum of African American History.
The man's condition is unknown, though Secret Service said the National Park Service and US Park Police were rendering first aid.
In a video of the incident, a man can be seen engulfed in flames before the fire was extinguished.
Secret Service spokesman Jeffrey Adams told CNBC that the agency's Uniformed Division Officers "responded in seconds" after the fire was lit.
"The individual is being transported to a local hospital," Adams said.
What led to the man being on fire is unclear.
The incident happened on the Ellipse, a park just south of the White House and north of the National Mall.
In April, a man was arrested after he lit himself on fire outside the North Lawn of the White House. The man suffered minor injuries, and Secret Service extinguished the fire before he was fully engulfed in flames.
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