While we had grown somewhat used to seeing horrific self-immolation scenes across various authoritarian regimes in Asia, the US Secret Service confirmed that a man has set himself on fire a short distance away from the White House today.
At approximately 12:20 p.m. a man lit himself on fire on the Ellipse near 15th and Constitution Ave., Secret Service personnel are on scene assisting @NatlParkService and @usparkpolicepio in rendering first aid.
— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) May 29, 2019
The horrific scene was caught by passers-by…
— Krisjan Berzins (@KrisjanBerzins) May 29, 2019
A Man Set Himself on Fire In Downtown Washington, Across From The White House Today.
The White House Spokesman Hogan Gidley said He could Not Immediately Comment On The Situation.
— ~Marietta (@MariettaDaviz) May 29, 2019
A Washington Fire Department (WFD) spokesperson said that they had “transported one patient with burns” and were assisting law enforcement.