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A suspect in Washington, D.C. tried to set the Freedom Bell outside of Union Station on fire, authorities said.

D.C. officials confirmed the incident on social media Sunday night. Misinformation online led many to believe that the suspect tried to set themselves on fire, but no injuries have been reported.

“An individual attempted to set fire to the bell outside the station,” District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department said on X. “There was no person on fire, contrary to a report on social media.”

“No injuries and this is a law enforcement matter.”

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One X user was perplexed by the announcement.

“How do you set fire to a metal bell?” the social media user wrote.

The bell, popularly known as the Freedom Bell, is a sculpture designed to resemble the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. It was a gift from the American Legion, a veterans organization, a few years after the 1976 bicentennial.

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Bell with American flags

The bronze bell has stood outside of Union Station since 1981, over 6 years after it was authorized by Congress. It is owned by the National Park Service.

Fox News Digital reached out to the Metropolitan Police Department for comment.

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