An unidentified man reportedly set himself on fire on Wednesday afternoon near the White House which prompted an immediate response from authorities.
The Secret Service tweeted: "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."
Multiple videos appeared on social media showing the disturbing incident unfolding.
"Sgt. Eduardo Delgado, a spokesman for the U.S. Park Police, said the man was in critical condition. Park police assumed jurisdiction because the Ellipse is a national park," The Washington Post reported. "Delgado said authorities are trying to identify the accelerant that was used and determine whether the man has a car parked in the area. He said police do not yet know the man’s identity and don’t know a motive."