Four people were seriously injured by a lightning strike near the White House on Thursday evening. Two men and two women were taken to the hospital in critical condition. That says a spokesman for the fire service to The Washington Post.
The four people were found around 7 p.m. (local time) in Lafayette Square park next to the White House, a few dozen yards from the statue of former President Andrew Jackson. According to the spokesman, the victims are still alive due to the quick action of the American secret service.
It is unclear why the four adults were in the park. Authorities are currently investigating what exactly happened. It is not recommended to take shelter under a tree during a thunderstorm. “That is a very dangerous place to be,” said the spokesman.
A heavy thunderstorm warning was issued in Washington on Thursday evening. A meteorologist confirms to The Washington Post that the park near the White House was struck by a lightning strike. An eyewitness tells the newspaper that the lightning strike and the ensuing blow were ‘huge’. “The whole area shook, it was literally like a bomb went off,” said the eyewitness.
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