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Veteran to protest against the treatment by the VA sets himself on fire near the Georgia State Capitol, police say

The police responded to the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta Tuesday morning after a veteran who set himself on fire, Fox 5 Atlanta reported.

(Fox 5 Atlanta)

An air force veteran dissatisfied with the federal Department of Veterans Affairs, was severely burnt on Tuesday after he set himself on fire outside the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta, according to reports.

The police responded quickly to the chaotic scene shortly after 10:30 pm, Fox 5 Atlanta reported.

#BREAKING State officials expansion of the perimeter as they continue to control explosions. The focus seems to be the small white car, the wounded veteran arrived in. @FOX5Atlanta pic.twitter.com/2wpZLUjXyi

— Aungelique Proctor (@aungeliquefox5) June 26, 2018

Authorities said the man, who was injured and has not been identified, is protesting his treatment by the VA, according to the station.

“It looks like a veteran who was dissatisfied with the VA has a personal protest in front of the Capitol, which involved gasoline and some fireworks,” Commissioner Mark McDonough of the Georgia Department of Public Safety told reporters at the scene.

He said a trooper, “actually, it is the man who, with his fire extinguisher.”

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that the vet was 58 and from a suburb of Atlanta.

“He was tied up with a number of homemade incendiary devices, firecrackers and doused himself with some kind of flammable liquid,” Georgia State Patrol Capt. Mark Perry told the newspaper.

The veteran was burned over 85 to 90 percent of his body and rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital.

A bomb squad robot was brought to the scene to make sure that there are no other explosives in the area, Fox 5 reported.

The sound of explosions could be heard during a nearby press conference by law enforcement officials about Georgia, is the new hands-free law, which came into effect on 1 July, Fox 5 reported.

The press conference was interrupted state troopers who participate in the event, rushed to the sound of the explosions.

The Capitol and the judicial buildings were evacuated, the Journal Constitution reported.

BREAKING: ATF Atlanta is the respond to a notification to the Georgia State Capitol building. pic.twitter.com/J7nEEcItx2

— ATF HQ (@ATFHQ) June 26, 2018

Multiple agencies were on the scene, according to the paper.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said it was also responding.

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