Three people were killed by a lightning strike on Thursday evening in Lafayette Park, near the White House, the Washington Metropolitan Police said Friday.
Officials in Washington announced that four people were in critical condition after they were injured in a lightning strike near the White House Thursday.
— Lindsay Watts (@LindsayAWatts) August 5, 2022
The lightning strike struck a small park across from the White House Street, injuring two men and two women, including a husband and wife from Wisconsin, with “serious, life-threatening injuries,” according to a statement issued by the Washington Fire and Emergency Department.
All the victims were taken to local hospitals, before the Metropolitan Police announced the death of three of them.
The Metropolitan Police Department said James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 75, of Gainesville, Wisconsin, died of their injuries after a lightning strike in Lafayette Park, just outside the White House vicinity.
The couple were high school sweethearts who were in the capital celebrating their 56th wedding anniversary, according to their family.
This is Jim and Donna Mueller, killed by last night’s lightning strike. High school sweethearts. Jim; a business owner, Donna a teacher. 5 children, 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren left behind. #Fox5DC pic.twitter.com/DfblKRRsij
— David Kaplan (@DKaplanFox5DC) August 5, 2022
The department announced Friday that a 29-year-old man also died of his injuries due to lightning strike, while a woman, remains in critical condition.
Its noteworthy that a severe thunderstorm hit the US capital on Thursday evening.
News of the lightning strike near the White House today reminds me of this video from last year when, after a nearby lightning strike, a White House guard was seemingly like, “F*ck this. I’m going inside.” pic.twitter.com/56iOyOhHsH
— Charles (@ChuckyT3) August 5, 2022
BREAKING: 4 people in critical condition after apparent lightning strike near White Housepic.twitter.com/6YhLHYNDm9
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