Courtesy CBS46

A veteran unhappy with the U.S. Veterans Administration set himself on fire outside the state Capitol in Downtown on Tuesday, according to report in the AJC.

About 10:45 a.m., the 58-year-old Air Force veteran from Mableton emerged from a car on Washington Street and stepped toward Georgia State Patrol officers. According to officers, the veteran was strapped with incendiary devices and firecrackers and doused himself with a flammable liquid.

The man was able to set himself on fire before officers could use a fire extinguisher to douse the flames. The veteran was rushed to Grady Hospital with burns on 80 to 90 percent of his body.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.