(SkyNews) A man set himself on fire in a part of Washington DC close to the US Capitol, local officials have said.

A fire official said a man has been flown to the hospital after suffering major burns.

Witnesses said they saw the man dump a red canister of petrol on his head and then set himself on fire.

One witness Vanessa Sink, wrote on Twitter: “Just witnessed the craziest thing ever … a man set himself on fire and danced down the Mall.

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