Lightning Strike Injures Four People Near White House

An incident involving lightning in Lafayette Square in front of the White House on Thursday left four persons in serious condition, according to a D.C. fire department spokesman, Reuters reports.

According to Vito Maggiolo, a spokesman for D.C. Fire and EMS, the injured, two adult men and two adult females, were taken to local hospitals with life-threatening wounds.

It’s common to see crowds of people visiting Lafayette Square, a seven-acre public park located to the north of the White House, particularly during the summer. Four persons were struck by lightning when it passed by a tree a few yards from the fence enclosing the White House and its offices.

Despite Thursday’s heavy humidity and above-average temperatures in Washington, which hit 90 degrees Fahrenheit, forecasters say, it felt like over 100F. The capital was hit late in the day by a powerful thunderstorm.

According to Maggiolo, the victims received prompt treatment from U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Park Police officers who are frequently present in the square.

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