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Man tries to set himself on fire outside White House

Man tries to set himself on fire outside White House

A man lit himself on fire near the White House Friday afternoon, prompting U.S. Secret Service agents to intervene.

The man was standing across Pennsylvania Avenue in Lafayette Park.

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The Secret Service said on Twitter: "ALERT: Secret Service personnel are responding to a police/medical incident on Pennsylvania Ave. along the @WhiteHouse North Fence Line". "No threat to the President", said CNN's Jeremy Diamond.

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"I was coming out of the West Wing, and the Secret Service isn't letting anyone out onto Pennsylvania Ave".

In a rare sight, officers rushed to the scene and others ordered journalists usually stationed with rows of television cameras outside the White House to get inside the building. He was immediately met with Uniformed Division Officers who put out the flames and administered first aid, the Secret Service said in a separate tweet.

The Secret Service says he was transported to a nearby hospital and that his injuries do not appear life-threatening.