BREAKING: Man sets himself on fire on White House lawn in front of horrified bystanders

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A PERSON has been pictured engulfed in flames on the lawn of the White House.

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT BELOW

BLAZE: The streets near the presidential residence are closed off (Pic: Twitter/Krisjan Berzins)

Graphic video of the incident has emerged and the surrounding streets have been closed off. 

The US Secret Service said that a man had set himself on fire and was receiving first aid.

Authorities from the National Park Service and US Park Police were in attendance, they added in a Tweet. 

It happened on the Ellipse near the Washington Mall, an area popular with tourists. 

SHOCKING: Someone appears to try and put the flames out (Pic: Twitter/Krisjan Berzins)

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