US: Four in critical condition after lightning strike near the White House

A lightning strike at Washington’s Lafayette Square in front of the White House on Thursday (August 4) left four persons in critical condition, according to a DC fire officer.

According to Vito Maggiolo, a representative for DC Fire and EMS, the injured—two adult males and two adult females—were taken to local hospitals with life-threatening injuries.
Located seven acres to the north of the White House, Lafayette Square is a popular destination for tourists, especially during the warmer months. On Thursday night, a violent rainstorm slammed the American capital, and lightning struck four persons close to a tree just a few yards from the fence that encloses the White House.

According to Maggiolo, members of the US Secret Service and US Park Police, who are frequently present in the square, instantly went to the aid of the wounded. BKM/ Expat Media

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