There are a number of reports that a man set themselves on fire at the National Mall in D.C. this afternoon.
The news first spread on Twitter, where witnesses described the scene:
A D.C. Metro Police spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider that they were responding to a report of a man on fire at the National Mall. The spokesperson added that the man was conscious and breathing, and that the incident began around 4.24 p.m.
A number of Twitter users have been posting pictures of police at the Mall:
According to reports on social media, the fire was put out by bystanders:
A runner and passerby put the flames out. It was incredible.
— Vanessa Sink (@LiveMusicGirl) October 4, 2013
The incident occurs barely 24 hours after police shot and killed 34-year-old Miriam Carey after a dramatic car chase outside the Capitol.
We’ll update this story as we find out more…
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