Man tries to set himself on fire at White House fence

Man tries to set himself on fire at White House fence

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UPDATED 5:20 pm EDT

WASHINGTON — The Secret Service said a man who tried to set himself on fire in front of the White House Friday afternoon has been taken to a local hospital “with what appears to be non-life-threatening injuries.”

The agency said in an earlier tweet that the man was sitting on “an electronic wheelchair-type scooter” in front of the fence surrounding the White House’s north lawn when he tried to ignite his jacket.

“Uniformed Division Officers immediately responded, extinguished the fire and rendered first aid,” the tweet said.

Witnesses said the officers and Secret Service agents tackled the man to the ground. He subsequently was pictured wearing an oxygen mask while lying on his back, surrounded by law enforcement officers. He was later carried away by officers.

A Secret Service spokesperson told CNN that the man posed no danger to the president.

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