Secret Service: Man injured after lighting jacket on fire outside White House

Cheryl Sanders
April 13, 2019

Jeremy Diamond of CNN wrote on Twitter: "Secret service spokeswoman tells me a man set his jacket on fire in front of the White House".

The White House was put on lockdown Friday after a man on a mobility scooter set himself on fire outside the North Lawn.

He was taken to the hospital with what appeared to be non-life threating injuries.

President Donald Trump was giving an impromptu press conference about immigration at the time. Uniformed Division Officers then respondedimmediately, extinguishing the fire and providing first aid.

"They say there are also suspicious packages".

The Secret Service said on Twitter: "ALERT: Secret Service personnel are responding to a police/medical incident on Pennsylvania Ave. along the @WhiteHouse North Fence Line".

On Friday, journalist Nicholas Kristof tweeted out that someone may have set themselves on fire in front of the White House.

The man is reportedly being treated for injuries.

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. "Officers quickly scrambled to clear pedestrians from Pennsylvania Ave, running & shouting at people to clear the area".

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