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Two People Struck And killed By Lightning Near The White House

Two People Struck And killed By Lightning Near The White House

Two People Struck And killed By Lightning Near The White House

Two People Struck And killed By Lightning Near The White House

Following a lightning strike near the White House the previous evening, two persons were confirmed dead and two more were in serious condition on Friday, according to US capital police.

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Before 7:00 p.m. (2300 GMT) on Thursday, lightning struck Lafayette Square, a small park across from the White House, inflicting “serious life-threatening injuries” on two men and two women, according to a statement from Washington’s fire and emergency service.

All of the victims were transferred to nearby hospitals, but the Metropolitan Police said on Friday morning that two of them, Donna Mueller, 75, and James Mueller, 76, both from Janesville in Wisconsin, had been declared dead.

Two People Struck And killed By Lightning Near The White House

The other two adults remain in critical condition, police said.

A White House spokeswoman said the Biden administration was “saddened by the tragic loss of life.”

“We are praying for those still fighting for their lives,” said Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.

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US Secret Service and park police rushed to help the four after witnessing the strike, fire and emergency services department spokesman Vito Maggiolo said in a statement on social media.

Photos posted by the department on social media showed multiple ambulances and at least one fire truck with flashing lights at the scene.

Two People Struck And killed By Lightning Near The White House

Witness David Root told NBC he heard a “horrific boom.”

“I just couldn’t believe it,” he said. “It was surreal. I have never seen anything like this in my entire life.”

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He said he had been sheltering beneath a tree when he saw the lightning strike across the park.

The people “weren’t moving,” he said, so he and others ran over to give help.

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