SO SAD:Two people are killed by lightning near the White House.

SO SAD:Two people are killed by lightning near the White House.

Following a lightning strike near the White House the previous evening, two persons were confirmed dead and two more were in serious condition on Friday, according to US capital police. Before 7:00 p.m. (2300 GMT) on Thursday, lightning struck Lafayette Square, a small park across from the White House, inflicting "critical life-threatening injuries" on two men and two women, according to a statement from Washington's fire and emergency department.

All of the victims were transferred to nearby hospitals, but the Metropolitan Police said on Friday morning that two of them, Donna Mueller, 75, and James Mueller, 76, both from Janesville in Wisconsin, had been declared dead.

According to investigators, the other two individuals are still in severe condition. The Biden administration was "saddened by the awful loss of life," according to a White House spokesman.

Karine Jean-Pierre, the press secretary, said, "We are praying for those still battling for their life." Fire and emergency services department spokesperson Vito Maggiolo said in a statement on social media that the US Secret Service and park police sprung into action to aid the four after witnessing the strike.

The department shared pictures of the situation on social media, showing many ambulances and at least one fire truck with flashing lights. Witness David Root reported hearing a "horrific blast" to NBC. He said, "I just couldn't believe it.

"It was bizarre. In my entire life, I have never witnessed anything like this. He claimed that when the lightning struck the park, he had been hiding under a tree. He claimed that the people "weren't moving," so he and others rushed over to offer assistance.

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