Three people were killed and another seriously injured in a lightning strike in front of the White House in Washington (USA), police confirmed on Friday, August 5. “Two Dead in Lafayette Square Lightning Strike”the previous night.
They were the officers, James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 75, a couple from rural Wisconsin. They were in the US capital to celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary, their daughter-in-law told the local Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. A third victim, a 29-year-old man, has also been confirmed dead. A fourth person remained on Friday morning “in bad shape”According to the police.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre offered her condolences to the families of the dead in a statement Friday. “His prayers for those who struggle[aient] Again for their lives”.
Lightning struck the public park bordering the US president’s residence minutes before 7pm (local time) on Thursday. Photos released by firefighters showed dozens of rescue vehicles in a tree-lined square as the storm continued to pound Washington.
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According to data from US health officials, the chances of being struck by lightning are one in a million. “When lightning strikes, you must take shelter in a safe place, and of course, trees are not safe places.”recalled Vito Maggiolo, a spokesman for Washington’s firefighters, when asked by a local media outlet.