— Mark Irons (@MarkIronsMedia) April 12, 2019
The New York Times Nicholas Kristof noted the presence of "suspicious packages."
Someone apparently set himself on fire in front of the White House just now. I was coming out of the West Wing, and the Sevret Service isn’t letting anyone out onto Pennsylvania Ave. They say there are also suspicious packages.
— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) April 12, 2019
CNN's White House reporter Jeremy Diamond adds there's "a good amount of smoke."
The fire set off a good amount of smoke that was visible from the White House North Lawn. Officers quickly scrambled to clear pedestrians from Pennsylvania Ave, running & shouting at people to clear the area. https://t.co/IMYEpdsryI
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) April 12, 2019
Fox News clip via Talking Points Memo:
Man arrested outside White House after attempting to light himself on fire pic.twitter.com/qbMdWSoQjo
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) April 12, 2019
Here's a live feed:
WATCH LIVE Man reportedly attempts to set himself on fire in front of White House https://t.co/zgPJ3ZNH5r
— WPLG Local 10 News (@WPLGLocal10) April 12, 2019
It is not yet known what the man was protesting.
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