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 U.S. Secret Service. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)
WASHINGTON, April 12 (Xinhua) -- A man set his jacket on fire outside the White House on Friday afternoon, according to the U.S. 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 3 p.m. 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.