Disgruntled veteran sets himself on fire outside Georgia State Capitol

Matt Saintsing
June 26, 2018 - 2:49 pm



First responders were on a chaotic scene outside the Georgia Capitol building on Tuesday morning, after an unidentified veteran set himself on fire.

Authorities said the 58-year old man from Mableton, Georgia, who has yet to be publicly identified, was protesting his treatment by the VA. He parked his car next to the Capitol before walking toward the building when he set himself ablaze with fireworks and gasoline.

“He was strapped with some homemade incendiary devices (and) firecrackers, and doused himself with some kind of flammable liquid,” Georgia State Patrol Capt. Mark Perry told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

He has been identified only as an Air Force veteran, according to the AJC.  

The incident unfolded at 10:45 a.m. this morning when multiple loud explosions were heard. A Georgia state trooper quickly extinguished the fire. With burns on over 85 to 90 percent of his body, the veteran was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital.

His name has not yet been released.

 A sign was in the windshield of the vehicle the veteran drove with a phone number and instructions to call it. Officials told the AJC they believe dialing the number could trigger an explosion.

Authorities from various law enforcement agencies are on the scene and investigating the incident.

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