Several persons were evacuated to local hospitals on Thursday night after being struck by lightning outside the White House, where they remain in serious condition, according to several news accounts of an unusual phenomena in which lightning struck multiple locations simultaneously.
NBC News reported that “Four people have life-threatening injuries after they were apparently struck by lightning near the White House in Washington, D.C., Thursday evening, fire officials say.” “Medics rushed two women and two men to area hospitals after they were hurt at Lafayette Park across from the White House, D.C. Fire and EMS said.”
“Thunderstorms moved through D.C. and surrounding areas about 6:30 p.m. Severe weather drenched parts of the region after a sweltering day of temperatures in the mid-90s,” according to the report.
There was no additional information available at the time.
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Within a fraction of a second, six different lightning strikes struck the same region, according to experts.
The lightning strike hit Lafayette Park which sits directly across the street from the White House, Vito Maggiolo, a spokesperson for DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services, said in a news conference Thursday evening. “All four were suffering critical, life-threatening injuries,” when help arrived, said Maggiolo, who was unable to provide additional details about the incident or the victims’ conditions.
The victims were riding out the storm under a tree, according to a law enforcement source.
Two men and two women were transferred to area hospitals, DC Fire and EMS tweeted. Maggiolo said officials from the Uniformed Division of the Secret Service and the Park Police were on scene immediately to help with the response.
A severe thunderstorm hit the DC region around 7 p.m. ET Thursday.
NBC provided additional details:
“U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Park Police officers rushed to help the two women and two men when they saw the lightning strike, D.C. Fire and EMS Public Information Officer Vito Maggiolo told News4.
Maggiolo stated that tThe victims were at Lafayette Square across from the White House, near the center statue of former President Andrew Jackson as well as a tree.
The women and men were transported by medical personnel to hospitals. Maggiolo stated that he was unable to elaborate on their specific injuries.
“All we know for sure is that there was a lightning strike in their vicinity, in their immediate vicinity, and all four were injured,” he added.
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“I was just in a state of shock,” witness David Root said. “I just couldn’t believe it. Was surreal. I have never seen anything like this in my entire life.”
He described hearing “a horrific boom.” He said he goes to Lafayette Square every evening with a group to show support for the people of Ukraine. When heavy rain started coming down, he took cover under a tree until he saw lightning strike across the park.
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