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Man lights himself on fire near White House: Secret Service

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Posted at 2:40 PM, May 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-29 15:40:50-04

A man lit himself on fire Wednesday afternoon near the White House, on the Ellipse near 15th Street and Constitution Avenue, according to the United States Secret Service.

A DC Fire EMS spokesman told ABC News a burn victim had been transported to an area hospital as law enforcement continued to investigate the incident.

The identity of the man who lit himself on fire at approximately 12:20 p.m. has not been disclosed. The National Park Service and the U.S. Park Police were on the scene to administer first aid.

It's unclear if the man was trying to make a political statement.

ABC News' Jack Date contributed to this report. This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.