A veteran outside of the Georgia Capitol of Atlanta reportedly used explosives to set himself on fire earlier today, in what appears to be a protest against the treatment he received by the VA.
Passersby reported hearing an explosion, which could be heard in the background on a WSB coverage of a Georgia State Patrol press conference on distracted driving laws.
“Sounds like a long gun,” one trooper could be heard saying before they were dismissed to respond to the incident.
Around 10:45 a.m., the 58-year-old Air Force veteran parked a Nissan Sentra on Washington Street, stepped out of the car and walked toward the Capitol, GSP Capt. Mark Perry said.
The veteran reportedly used fireworks and gasoline to set himself on fire, prompting the bomb squad to respond to the incident, using K9s and a bomb robot to ensure the scene was clear.
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The veteran was taken to a non-VA hospital, though his condition is unknown.
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