A man reportedly tried to set himself on fire outside of the White House on Friday.
The Secret Service responded and then tweeted out an update.
ALERT: Secret Service personnel are responding to a police/medical incident on Pennsylvania Ave. along the @WhiteHouse North Fence Line.
— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) April 12, 2019
The Hill reported that the man was riding an “electronic wheelchair-type scooter” when he set his jacket on fire while sitting on Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House grounds, the agency said. Uniformed officers “immediately responded, extinguished the fire and rendered first aid.”
The man was later sent to a local hospital with “what appears to be non-life threatening injuries,” the Secret Service said.
Officers shut down Pennsylvania Avenue to the public and ushered people off the North Lawn, where television reporters appear on camera. Law enforcement also closed a block-long stretch of 17th Street NW to vehicles while police and fire personnel responded to the incident.
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The @SecretService reports a police/medical incident on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the WH. USSS officers seen carrying an individual away from the WH and placing him on the ground in Lafayette Park. North grounds put in lockdown. pic.twitter.com/6D2ekFEAZW
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) April 12, 2019
A man sitting on an “electronic wheelchair-type scooter” set his jacket on fire in front of the White House Friday afternoon, the U.S. Secret Service said.
The U.S. Secret Service and D.C. Fire and EMS went to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW about 3:15 p.m.
The Secret Service put the fire out and provided aid to the man. A suspicious package was found near the man.
D.C. Fire medics treated the man, who is in Secret Service custody. He was taken to a hospital with injuries that don’t appear to be life-threatening.
D.C. Fire is investigating the suspicious package.
The man has mental health issues and was not a threat to President Donald Trump, law enforcement sources said.
The Secret Service cleared the North Lawn of the White House, Lafayette Square and the sidewalk in front of the White House during the investigation. Traffic was blocked on 17th Street between H and G streets. The media was asked to stay in the West Wing.