Four people injured by lightning near the White House

Four people injured by lightning near the White House

Four people suffered life-threatening injuries Thursday night after lightning struck Lafayette Square in Washington in front of the White House, a spokesman for the D.C. Fire Department said.

The victims, two men and two women, were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and are in critical condition, said Vito Magiolo, a spokesman for the D.C. Fire and Ambulance Department.

Lafayette Square, the square directly across from the White House, is popular during the summer months with visitors to the American capital and citizens alike. A lightning strike struck four people standing by a tree just meters from the fence surrounding the White House.

Vito Maggiollo tweeted his thanks to the Secret Service and Park Police, who always keep an eye on law and order in Lafayette Square, for promptly providing first aid to victims.

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