Four people were injured in a lightning strike near the White House on Thursday night, according to fire officials.
The two men and two women were taken to the hospital after they were found in Lafayette Square just before 7 p.m., District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services officials said. They were found about 100 feet north of the Andrew Jackson statue north of the White House, D.C. Fire Department spokesman Vito Margiolo said at an evening news conference.
All four suffered serious, life-threatening injuries, officials said. The immediate cause of their injuries is still under investigation.
“What we can say for sure is that there was a lightning strike near them and all four were injured,” Maggiolo said Thursday night.
He added that Secret Service and National Park Police officers were near the strike site and were able to provide immediate assistance to victims.
“Any time someone is injured, the ability to provide immediate life-saving care is critical to the outcome, and that’s what happened today,” Maggiolo said.
This Andrew Jackson statuea bronze casting of the seventh president riding a horse, sitting on a marble plinth surrounded by a fence.
about 27 dead The number of lightning strikes per year in the United States, based on the past 10-year average. Only about 10 percent of people struck by lightning die.
two national guards hit Struck by lightning in Lafayette Square in 2020 and hospitalized.