2 people killed in lightning strike near White House

A Wisconsin couple has died after being struck by lightning outside the White House on Thursday night.

James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 75, were visiting the nation’s capital from Janesville, Wis., when lightning struck Lafayette Square just before 7 p.m. Authorities announced their deaths Friday afternoon.

Two other people, who have not been identified, were injured in the lightning strike and remained hospitalized Friday in critical condition.

“We are saddened by the tragic loss of life after the lightning strike in Lafayette Park,” press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. “Our hearts are with the families who lost loved ones, and we are praying for those still fighting for their lives.”

U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Park Police officers were first on the scene because of where the lightning struck.

A local TV camera captured a stunning lightning flash on Lafayette Park, directly north of the White House.

A severe thunderstorm rolled through Washington, D.C., from around 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Thursday.

Lightning kills an average of 23 people in the U.S. per year. The Muellers were the tenth and eleventh people killed by lightning in 2022.

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