Disgruntled Veteran Sets Himself on Fire Outside Georgia Capitol

gGeorgia State Capitol building in Atlanta in the evening. (Getty Images/AndreyKrav)
Georgia State Capitol building in Atlanta in the evening. (Getty Images/AndreyKrav)

Disgruntled with the U.S. Veterans Administration, a veteran set himself on fire outside the state Capitol in downtown Atlanta on Tuesday, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Shortly after 10:30 a.m., a Nissan Sentra parked along the west side of the Capitol on Washington Street, Georgia State Patrol Capt. Mark Perry told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The veteran, a 58-year-old from Mableton, exited the car and walked across Washington Street toward the Capitol, according to officials.

"He was strapped with some homemade incendiary devices (and) firecrackers, and doused himself with some kind of flammable liquid," Perry said.

Several loud explosions were heard. No shots were fired.

"That was the sound of fireworks," Perry said.

A Capitol officer saw what was happening and put out the fire with an extinguisher, according to authorities.

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

No other injuries have been reported.

Officials are still looking for potential additional threats and roads around the Capitol are closed. The veteran has a sign in his car windshield saying to call a number on it.

"Please don't call that number," Perry said.

Officials fear calls to the number might set off another device.

Multiple agencies are on the scene, including the GBI bomb squad, which is examining the Nissan.

Tuesday's chaos occurred near a day care associated with Central Presbyterian Church. Workers evacuated children in response to the bomb threat to the neighboring Catholic Church.

An Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter is on the scene working to learn more.

--Staff writers Stephen Deere and Chris Joyner contributed to this article. ___

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