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WATCH: Man Sets Himself On Fire Near White House

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."

 
 
 

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