Four people were seriously injured after a lightning strike outside the White House, fire officials said Thursday.
The District of Columbia Fire Department and emergency medical services said the four people were injured in Lafayette Park, right outside the White House complex.
They were all taken to local hospitals in critical condition. Part of the park remained closed on Thursday evening with emergency services on site.
While details of the strike were limited, the Washington Post reported that it was the result of a major thunderstorm that swept through the city in the evening, unleashing high winds and severe weather.
In a separate incident on Thursday, a lightning strike in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest killed one student and injured another, officials said.
John D Murphy, 22, of Boston, died of cardiac arrest after being struck by lightning while traveling with a group from the National Outdoor Leadership School, a global nonprofit nature school.
Terry Watson, president of the school, called the lightning strike “a very sad day” for the school, the students and their families.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the family of our student who passed away during this course and are focused on supporting their family through the difficult process,” she said in a statement.