Man lights himself on fire outside White House

/ CBS News

A man lit himself on fire outside the White House gates Friday afternoon, prompting U.S. Secret Service agents to intervene, according to a law enforcement official.

The incident took place around 3 p.m., and video footage showed Secret Service agents carrying the man to another location near the White House. The man had two bags in proximity to him, and Secret Service and D.C. Metropolitan Police are searching the bags.

Secret Service confirmed the incident on Twitter Friday afternoon, saying, "A male subject operating an electronic wheelchair-type scooter lit his outer jacket on fire while sitting along Pennsylvania Ave. outside the North Fence Line. Uniformed Division Officers immediately responded, extinguished the fire and rendered first aid.

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"The male subject has been transported to a local hospital with what appears to be non-life threatening injuries," Secret Service continued.

The identity of the man hasn't yet been disclosed.

The turn of events placed the White House on lockdown, meaning staffers and journalists couldn't enter or leave the grounds. The incident also closed part of Pennsylvania Avenue to pedestrian traffic, and 17th Street Northwest to vehicular traffic.

This is a developing story.

— CBS News' Arden Farhi and Andres Triay contributed to this report.

First published on April 12, 2019 / 3:45 PM

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