Video emerged Thursday evening showing the series of lightning strikes that are believed to have been responsible for critically injuring four adults outside the White House.
Fox 5 journalist Lindsay Watts tweeted out video that was captured by the local station’s cameras that she said occurred at approximately the same time that the four individuals were hit.
CBS News journalist Nancy Cordes tweeted out a video from on the ground near the White House that showed the surrounding area as the lightning hit.
“Our camera was rolling on the White House North Lawn tonight when lightning struck Lafayette Park nearby, injuring four,” she tweeted. “The thunder was so loud, @gabrielle_ake and I jumped up in fright. ‘That’s too close — we’re shutting down’ advised photographer Ron Windham.”
Our camera was rolling on the White House North Lawn tonight when lightning struck Lafayette Park nearby, injuring four. The thunder was so loud, @gabrielle_ake and I jumped up in fright. “That’s too close — we’re shutting down” advised photographer Ron Windham. pic.twitter.com/oTtU9VeQBw
— Nancy Cordes (@nancycordes) August 5, 2022
The District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department said that four people were critically injured in Lafayette Park by the lightning strike.
Firefighters reported two men and two women were transported to local hospitals in critical condition. Two of the victims later died Friday morning, according to DC Police. They were identified as a 76-year-old man and 75-year-old woman visiting from Wisconsin. The other two victims are believed to remain in critical condition.
The two are the first lightning deaths in the District of Columbia since 1991, according to the National Lightning Safety Council.
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