Lightning strike outside White House sends 4 to hospital in critical condition

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Four people are in critical condition after an apparent lightning strike outside the White House Thursday evening. 

DC Fire and EMS responded to reports of a lightning strike in the center of Lafayette Park around 6:52 p.m. local time. 

First responders on the scene after a lightning strike in Lafayette Park. 

First responders on the scene after a lightning strike in Lafayette Park. 
(DC Fire and EMS)

Upon arrival, first responders found two adult females and two adult males, all suffering from life-threatening injuries, DC Fire and EMS said. All subjects were transported to area hospitals. 

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DC Fire and EMS spokesperson Vito Maggiolo told Fox News the U.S. Secret Service uniformed division and officers from the U.S. Park Police witnessed the strike and immediately began to render aid to the victims. 

“DCs Bravest on scene in the process of treating and transporting 4 patients, all in critical condition,” DC Fire and EMS tweeted earlier. 

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Thursday’s incident comes after a lightning strike last month killed one soldier and injured multiple others during a training event at the Fort Gordon Army post in Georgia. 



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