Air Force Veteran Protesting VA Sets Himself on Fire at Georgia Capitol

 In Breaking News, Veterans

An Air Force veteran, 58, protested his treatment by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs by strapping fireworks to himself, dousing himself in gas and setting himself on fire in front of the Georgia State Capitol on Tuesday.

According to Fox News, the explosions from the incident interrupted a news conference with law enforcement officials regarding Georgia’s new “hands free law.” Officials ran to the sound of the explosions immediately.

“He was strapped with some homemade incendiary devices, firecrackers and doused himself with some kind of flammable liquid.”  Georgia State Patrol Capt. Mark Perry

A Georgia State Trooper put out the fire with a fire extinguisher. The man was transported to Grady Memorial hospital with burns over 85-90% of his body.

A bomb squad robot was sent in to check the white Nissan he arrived in for any other explosives. The Bomb Squad could be seen methodically removing the contents of the veteran’s vehicle. A sign with a phone number on it was seen on the vehicle, but police requested that no one call that number, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. They were concerned that the number could set off a new explosion.

Featured photo- screenshot via @aungeliquefox5 of bomb squad robot at the scene.

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