Man who set himself on fire on National Mall dies in hospital


NBC Washington

A D.C. police spokesman said the man who set himself on fire on the National Mall has died of his injuries.

Police said the man cannot be identified yet due to the severe burns. They will be using DNA and dental record to determine his identity.

The incident was reported around 4:30 p.m. Friday at the corner of Jefferson Drive and 7th Street SW, near the Air and Space Museum.

Witnesses told NBC Washington’s Mark Segraves they saw a man pouring gasoline on himself, then possibly setting himself on fire. Several joggers nearby ripped their shirts off in an attempt to subdue the flames.

The man was airlifted to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where he died on Friday night.

Another report indicates that there was a camera crew nearby filming the man when he set himself on fire which makes it sound like some sort of bizarre publicity stunt.

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