Four Critically Injured After Apparent Lightning Strike Near White House

An apparent lightning strike critically injured four people at a park near the White House in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 4.

The DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) said that two men and two women were transported to area hospitals with “critical, life-threatening injuries.”

The DC Fire and EMS received a report of a lightning strike with multiple patients shortly before 7 p.m. Eastern Time in the center of Lafayette Park, Fire Department spokesperson Vito Maggiolo said at a press briefing.

Uniformed U.S. Park Police officers and Secret Service members were also at the scene and immediately rendered aid to the victims.

It was not immediately clear why the victims were at the park at the time of the strike and if they were related, Maggiolo said.

Maggiolo added that was unclear if the conditions of the victims have changed since they were hospitalized.

The National Weather Service had issued a “severe thunderstorm warning” for the area, cautioning potential quarter-size hail and damaging wind gusts up to 60 mph.

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