Four people seriously injured after being struck by lightning outside the White House

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Four people taken to hospital from Lafayette Square (DC Fire & EMS)

Four people have been seriously injured after lightning struck a park outside the White House in Washington DC.

Two men and two women were taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries following the incident in Lafayette Square on Thursday evening (local time).

Lightning struck a tree a few yards from the fence around the US presidential residence and offices.

The District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department said Secret Service and US Park Police officers saw a lightning strike and rushed to provide first aid.

His prompt actions were praised by the officials.

Local news weather cameras recorded a violent lightning strike around the time of the incident.

Fire department spokesman Vito Magiolo said emergency services were called to the scene before 7 p.m. and victims were taken to hospital with “serious, life-threatening injuries.”

A part of the park remained closed for over an hour.

Lafayette Square is a seven-acre public park located within Presidential Park, directly north of the White House.

It is often crowded with visitors, especially in the summer months.

Temperatures exceeded 32C in Washington on Thursday, however, with high humidity, forecasters said it felt warmer.

There was a strong thunderstorm in the capital late night.