Man ‘sets himself on fire’ outside White House, gets detained

A security fence is seen around the perimeter of the White House in Washington DC

A security fence is seen around the perimeter of the White House in Washington DC

Police and rescue personnel remove a man on a stretcher from Lafayette Park after the man lit his jacket on fire in front of the White House in Washington, April 12, 2019.

Most notably, in March 2017, a man climbed over a fence at the White House and was able to walk on the grounds for 16 minutes before being taken into custody.

NBC reported that a "suspicious package" was found near the man.

Per Fox News, the man was reportedly "no threat to the President".

"Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers responded in seconds, extinguished the fire and began to administer first aid", the Secret Service said in a statement.

A man in a motorized wheelchair lit his coat on fire outside the White House on Friday, triggering a frenzied response from the Secret Service and a security lockdown.

Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House was closed to pedestrian traffic.

Reporters stationed at the White House quickly posted images and detailed descriptions of the chaotic scene as it unfolded.

"I was coming out of the West Wing, and the Secret Service isn't letting anyone out onto Pennsylvania Ave".

The man is said to have lit his jacket on fire while he was wearing it after arriving on the scooter Friday afternoon.

Fire officials are now said to be investigating the suspicious package.

"He is being treated for injuries".

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