Three people died and another one was seriously injured after being struck by lightning in front of the White House in Washington (USA), the police confirmed on Friday August 5. “Two people were declared dead after being struck by lightning in Lafayette Square”the night before.
They were a couple from rural Wisconsin, James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 75, authorities said. They were traveling to the US capital to celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary, their niece told the local Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The death of a third victim, a 29-year-old man, was also confirmed. A fourth person remained on Friday morning “in critical condition”said the police.
White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre expressed her condolences to the families of the victims in a statement Friday and expressed “his prayers for those who struggle[aient] again for their lives”.
Lightning struck Thursday in the public park bordering the residence of the American president a few minutes before 7 pm (local time). Photos released by firefighters show dozens of rescue vehicles in a tree-lined plaza as the storm continues in Washington.
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The odds of being struck by lightning are one in a million, according to data from US health authorities. “When there is lightning, you must take refuge in a safe place. Trees, of course, are not safe places”recalled the spokesman of the firefighters of Washington, Vito Maggiolo, who was asked by a local media.