Four people seriously injured after a lightning strike near the White House | American News

Four people were seriously injured after a lightning strike outside the White House, firefighters said Thursday.

The District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department said the four people were injured in Lafayette Park, located just outside the White House complex.

They were all taken to local hospitals in critical condition. Part of the park remained closed Thursday evening with emergency crews at the scene.

Although details of the strike remained limited, The Washington Post reported that it was the result of a heavy thunderstorm that swept through the city in the evening, bringing high winds and extreme weather.

In another incident Thursday, a lightning strike in Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming killed a student and injured another, officials said.

John D Murphy, 22, of Boston, died of cardiac arrest after being struck by lightning while traveling with a group from the National Outdoor Leadership School, a nonprofit global wilderness school.

Terry Watson, school president, called the thunderbolt a “very sad day” for the school, its students and their families.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the family of our student who died during this course and strive to support their family through this difficult process,” she said in a statement.

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