The Atlanta police bomb squad responds after a veteran who says he was disgruntled with the Department of Veterans Affairs set himself on fire in protest Tuesday, June 26, 2018 outside the state Capitol in downtown Atlanta, according to the Georgia State Patrol. The veteran was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital with burns over 85 to 90 percent of his body, said Mark Perry, Director of Public Information for the Georgia Department of Public Safety. His name has not been released. (John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

The Latest: More details emerge about man in Capitol fire

June 26, 2018 - 5:40 pm

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on a man who set himself on fire in front of the Georgia Capitol (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

Authorities say a man who set himself on fire in front of the Georgia Capitol is a 58-year-old who told police he's an Air Force veteran.

The Georgia Department of Public Safety said in a statement Tuesday afternoon that the man wore a vest lined with fireworks and flammable devices shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday. Law officers say he then doused himself with a flammable liquid and lit the fireworks.

Authorities say the man, whom they didn't immediately identify, told police he was trying to bring attention to the Veterans Affairs system. Law officers have not elaborated on the man's complaints about the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Capt. Mark Perry of the Georgia Department of Public Safety the man's condition wasn't immediately known. He was being treated at an Atlanta hospital.

12:05 p.m.

A man who says he was disgruntled with the Veterans Affairs system strapped fireworks to his chest and lit himself on fire in front of the Georgia Capitol on Tuesday.

The incident prompted the Capitol building in Atlanta to be evacuated and the surrounding streets to be shut down. No one else was injured.

Mark Perry, Director of Public Information for the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said the man's condition wasn't immediately known, though he was burned but could still speak to officers.

The man, whose identity wasn't immediately known, was brought to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Perry said the incident occurred directly in front of the Capitol. A small Nissan Sentry possibly belonging to the man was still parked in front of the Capitol. It was being investigated by a bomb squad unit.

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