Lightning Strikes Near White House Grounds, Multiple People Injured


On Thursday, a video emerged showing the series of lightning strikes that are believed to have been responsible for critically injuring four adults outside the White House.

The incident occurred just before 7 p.m. on Thursday when the victims were found on Lafayette Square in front of the White House, near a statue of former President Andrew Jackson.

According to reports, two of the people who died have been identified as James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 75, both of Janesville, Wis. The name of the third victim who died, a 29-year-old man, is being withheld pending family notification. An adult woman is still in critical condition, an MPD spokesperson said.

Fox 5 journalist Lindsay Watts tweeted out a video that was captured by the local station’s cameras that she said occurred at approximately the same time that the four individuals were hit.

Watch the video below:

More details of this tragic incident from ‘The New York Post’ report:

Four people were in critical condition after an apparent lightning strike in a Washington DC park on Thursday evening, officials said.

The victims — two men and two women — were apparently struck by lightning at Lafayette Park across from the White House at around 6:30 p.m., according to D.C. Fire and EMS.

The strike took place as severe weather moved through the area amid stifling heat on Thursday.

The patients were listed in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. Their identities were not revealed on Thursday night.

‘The Hill’ also reported the incident:

Four people were injured in a lightning blast that struck near the White House in Washington, D.C, on Thursday night during a severe thunderstorm in the nation’s capitol.

DC Fire and EMS tweeted around 7:17 p.m. that the lightning struck near Lafayette Park NW, which is about 36 feet from the White House.

Around 7:50 p.m., DC Fire and EMS tweeted firefighters and emergency personnel responded to the scene and transported the patients, two adult males and two adult females, who are in critical condition, to local hospitals.

A press conference will be held by emergency personnel at 8:30 p.m. near Lafayette Park.

Sources: WLT, The New York Post, The Hill