Man sets jacket on fire outside White House, says US Secret Service

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A man set his jacket on fire outside the White House on Friday afternoon, according to the US Secret Service.
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Man sets jacket on fire outside White House, says US Secret Service
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Secret Service agents are seen outside the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, on April 12, 2019. 

A man set his jacket on fire outside the White House on Friday afternoon, according to the US Secret Service.

The person, who was operating an electronic wheelchair-type scooter, lit his outer jacket on fire while sitting along the Pennsylvania Avenue outside the north fence line of the White House, the Secret Service wrote in a tweet.

The agency said in another tweet that officers "immediately responded, extinguished the fire and rendered first aid."

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

The incident took place in the 1600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue NW, a main gathering spot for tourists, shortly before 3pm EST, according to The Washington Post.

Part of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House has been closed to traffic, according to the Secret Service.

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