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United States: two people killed by lightning in front of the White House


The couple were taken to hospital with serious injuries after being struck by lightning on Thursday evening.

Drama in front of the White House.

A 76-year-old man and his 75-year-old wife died after being struck by lightning Thursday night in Lafayette Park outside the White House, CNN reports, citing a Washington police spokesperson.

The couple, originally from Wisconsin, had been surprised in a violent storm.

According to the BBC, he was struck by lightning while standing near a tree near a fence surrounding the exteriors of the White House.

Two other people, a man and a woman, were also seriously injured in the similar conditions.

"All four suffered serious life-threatening injuries," the emergency services said in a statement on Thursday evening.

"We were able to quickly treat and transport the four patients and they were all taken to area hospitals," they added.

This Friday, the other two victims remain "in critical condition", according to the police.

WATCH: Fox weather camera captured this incredible lightning strike around the time the 4 people were struck near White House. @fox5dc

— Lindsay Watts (@LindsayAWatts) August 5, 2022

A Fox webcam, oriented towards the White House, was able to film the violent thunderbolt that fell just in front of the building.

White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre expressed her condolences to the families of those who died in a statement on Friday and expressed "her prayers for those who are still fighting for their lives".

The probability of being struck by lightning is 1 in 1 million, according to data from US health authorities.

Source: leparis

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