Four people experiencing critical life-threatening injuries were used in local hospitals Thursday after being struck by lightning in Washington, D.C.’s Lafayette Square. Photo thanks to D.C. Fire and EMS/Twitter
Aug. 4 (UPI) — Four individuals were hospitalized in critical condition Thursday night after being struck by lightning in Washington, D.C.’s Lafayette Square close to the White House, authorities said.
Vito Maggiolo, public information officer for the D.C. Fire and EMS Department, said in a recorded statement published to Twitter that authorities received a written report at 6: 52 p.m. of multiple victims in the park because the consequence of a lightning strike.
Upon arrival, first responders found two men and two women “experiencing critical life-threatening injuries,” he said.
Authorities said uniformed officers of the trick Service and Park Police witnessed the lightning strike and immediately begun to render aid to the victims before these were transported to local hospitals.
The identities of the victims weren’t released to the general public.
During a press conference, Maggiolo told reporters that the partnership between your victims was unknown as was what these were doing in the park before the lightning strike.
He said these were near a tree if they were struck.
“Anytime there’s lightning, you need to go indoors or you need to visit a safe place. And trees, needless to say, aren’t safe places. So, anybody who would go to seek shelter under a tree, that is clearly a very dangerous spot to be,” he said.
The incident is under investigation by fire officials and Park Police, he said.
The National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Washington, D.C., that expired at 7: 15 p.m. The service in addition has issued a flash flood warning for the district, that is in place until 1: 15 a.m. Friday.
This is simply not the very first time that people have already been struck by lightning in the park.
In June 2020, two National Guardsmen suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being struck by lightning in Lafayette Square.