Man protesting VA burns itself in front of Georgia Capitol

ATLANTA – A man who says that he was dissatisfied with the Veterans Affairs system strapped fireworks to his chest and lit himself on fire for the Georgia Capitol on Tuesday.

The incident prompted the Capitol building to be evacuated and the surrounding streets are closed. No one else was injured.

“He had (fireworks) strapped to himself and as I understand it, doused himself with flammable and set himself on fire,” said Mark Perry, Director of Public Information for the Georgia Department of Public Safety. “I’m not sure if it was petrol or kerosene or whatever it was.”

Perry said the man is not immediately known, but he was burned, but could still speak to officers.

He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Perry said the man, whose identity is not immediately known, he said that he was a veteran.

“I’m not sure what his history is there, but he is unhappy with the VA system and trying to draw some attention to. He said something to the effect that he was looking for some help,” Perry said.

A Nissan Sentra that may be part of the man was still parked in front of the Capitol building and was examined by a bomb squad unit.

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