Secret Service arrest man who set his jacket on fire in front of White House

Photos and video of the scene are being shared by White House correspondents

April 12, 2019 - 2:45 pm

(KFTK) - Photos and video are being shared on Twitter from just outside the White House, where Secret Service members have reportedly arrested a man who tired to set himself on fire. The Secret Service sent a tweet, saying they were responding to the north fence line of the White House, on Friday just after 2 p.m.

Secret Service say a man man riding an "electronic wheelchair-type scooter" ignited his jacket on Pennsylvania Ave. and a suspicious package was found near him. They cleared the area and put the fire out before emergency vehicles arrived.

Video was shared on Twitter of the person who allegedly tired to set himself on fire:

Reports say there was no threat to President Donald Trump.

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof was first to report the news on Twitter: 

This is a breaking news story and KFTK will have updates as more information becomes available. 

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