Man sets himself on fire outside US Supreme Court
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"At approximately 6:30 pm (2230 GMT), an individual went onto the plaza in front of the Supreme Court building and set themselves on fire," Supreme Court spokeswoman Patricia McCabe said in a statement.
"This is not a public safety issue," she said, adding that no one else was injured.
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♦️An unknown person has set himself on fire at the steps of the US Supreme Court in WashingtonDC
♦️Police are on the spot
♦️ A medical helicopter has just landed on the Supreme Court premise#SupremeCourt #US #USCapitol pic.twitter.com/mp3V25Y8ma
No details about the person's health, identity or motives were provided.
"A medical helicopter just landed near the Capitol for a medical emergency," US Capitol Police tweeted shortly after the incident.
The helicopter landed on the plaza and airlifted the person to a local hospital, McCabe said.
The area was inaccessible and under investigation on Friday.
The incident comes days after the Capitol was evacuated when authorities sounded a threat alarm over a harmless parachute stunt.
The alarm was triggered by a US Army parachute demonstration team's flyover at a nearby baseball stadium as part of a pre-game show.