A man has been detained outside the BBC's Broadcasting House headquarters after reportedly pouring petrol over his body and "threatening to set himself on fire."
According to reports, the man was wrestled to the ground by security guards after pouring the flammable liquid over his body close to the building's Portland Place entrance.
BBC reporter Emilia Papodopoulos tweeted that there was "scary stuff" happening outside her workplace, before posting pictures of the man being apprehended. News of the incident quickly spread across Twitter.
Man poured petrol over himself around 915am and was shouting slogans. Fire brigade dealing with petrol spill. No fire though #BBC— Emilia Papadopoulos (@emiliapaps) June 10, 2015
— Emilia Papadopoulos (@emiliapaps) June 10, 2015
Scary start to the day #bbc, a man poured petrol outside the entrance of NBH before being dragged away.— Sandra Gorel (@SandraGorel) June 10, 2015
Man poured petrol over himself outside BBC New Broadcasting House, holding lighter. Now on floor with security on top. Police on scene— Robin Edwards (@redwards321) June 10, 2015
Police said they were called to the building just after at 9am and detained the man, before examining two bags at the scene which specialist officers determined were "non-suspicious".
The building was cordoned off, police said, but was not evacuated.
A police spokesman said officers are "working closely with security".
The BBC has confirmed the incident happened, but has not commented further.
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