Four people were in critical condition Thursday night after an apparent lightning strike in a park directly across from the White House, local fire and emergency officials said.
A spokesman for DC’s Fire and Emergency Services Department, Vito Maggiolo, said agency workers found the victims with “life-threatening” injuries in Lafayette Square just before 7 p.m. ET.
The unidentified people – two adult men and two adult women – were transported to nearby hospitals in critical condition, Maggiolo said. He said it was unclear if her condition had changed since being hospitalized.
Uniformed Secret Service and US Parks troopers witnessed the lightning strike and began treating the victims before firefighters and emergency medical personnel arrived, Maggiolo added.
NBC News has reached out to the White House, the National Park Service and the Secret Service for comment.
Located north of the White House, Lafayette Square is frequented by tourists and protesters, as well as workers at nearby private and government buildings. The park was the site of a racial justice protest that was violently cleared by federal police in June 2020.
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