Secret Service: Man Set Himself on Fire at Ellipse Near White House (Video Update)

The Secret Service reported a man set himself on fire on near the White House Wednesday afternoon on the Ellipse, just south of the Executive Mansion. The man was reportedly taken to the hospital with life threatening burns.

“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.”

Photos of smoke from the Ellipse were posted online:


Map of the location:


UPDATE Video and Photos Warning: First few seconds shows man engulfed in flames in distance:

TMZ graphic photos…

Unsourced photos show man on fire. Apparently he was wearing a protective suit that did not cover his face and arms.

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