Several persons have been hospitalized and in critical condition after getting struck by lightning outside the White House in Washington D.C, USA.
The Lafayette Park lightning incident was confirmed by the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department on Thursday.
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First responders “transported 2 adult males and 2 adult females to area hospitals,” the agency said.
“All had critical life threatening injuries,” it added.
The lightning which struck the Lafayette Park on Thursday, left four persons critically injured.
Commenting on the incident, a spokesperson for the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services, said in a video circulated on social media, providing an update on the situation.
“This statement is being made inside of a vehicle due to was significant storm conditions that are currently taking place in the area,” the spokesman said.
“At 6:52pm, DC fire and EMS received a report of a lightning strike in Lafayette Park with multiple patients. When we arrived, we found a total of four patients. There were two adult males and there were two adult females. All four were suffering from critical life threatening injuries.”
“We were able to quickly treat and transport all four patients and they were all taken to area hospitals.”
“We want to make note of the fact that uniformed officers from both the United States Secret Service uniformed division, as well as the United States Park Police who witnessed this lightning strike, we want to thank them for immediately responding to the scene and rendering aid to the for injured individuals,” he said.
The affected Lafayette Park and the buildings surrounding known as Lafayette Square is located across the street from the United States (US) White House in D.C.
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