Four people were seriously injured after lightning struck outside the White House Thursday night.
It was two adult males and two adult females Transfer to hospitals with serious, life-threatening injuries, according to DC Fire and EMS.
Lafayette Park Thunderbolt Update. #DCsBravest Transferring 2 males and 2 females to area hospitals. All of them sustained life-threatening serious injuries.
– DC Fire and EMS (dcfireems) August 4, 2022
Lightning struck Lafayette Park, which is directly across the street from the White House.
DC Fire and EMS spokesperson Vito Maggiolo He said In a video statement:
At 6:52 p.m., DC Fire and EMS received a report of a lightning strike in Lafayette Park with several patients. When we arrived we found a total of four patients. There were two adults and two women. All four had serious, life-threatening injuries. We were able to quickly treat and transport the four patients, and they were all taken to area hospitals.
statement from Tweet embed About the lightning bolt in Lafayette Park. #DCsBravest We express our sincere gratitude to the Common System Division Tweet embed and US Park Police Officers /Tweet embed To provide immediate medical care to the injured. #SaferStrongerDC pic.twitter.com/3ubPNA3MXn
– DC Fire and EMS (dcfireems) August 5, 2022
Maggiolo also praised the US Park Police and the US Secret Service for their quick responses to those injured by the lightning strike.
“We want to note the fact that the uniformed officers from both the United States Secret Service in uniform and the United States Park Police, who witnessed this lightning strike, I would like to thank them for the immediate response to the scene and assistance to the four injured.”