A couple was celebrating their wedding anniversary and died when struck by lightning very close to the White House

A couple died after being struck by lightning. while celebrating their wedding anniversary. The tragic accident occurred near the White House in Washington.

According to the police, the victims are James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 75. “Two people were pronounced dead after being struck by lightning in Lafayette Square”, a few meters from the fence of the presidential residence, they told AFP.

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Furthermore, they confirmed that there Two other victims remain “in critical condition”.

For her part, White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre offered condolences to the families of the deceased in a statement. “We pray for those who are still fighting for their lives,” she said, moved.

Where did the lightning strike and what was the Government’s recommendation after the tragedy

Lightning struck Thursday in the public park that borders the residence of the US president minutes before 7:00 p.m. In the images, which quickly circulated on social networks, it is possible to see how the lightning “split the White House in the middle”.

In addition, in the photos published by the firefighters, dozens of rescue vehicles are seen inside the tree-covered square and in the middle of the storm.

As for the recommendations of the Government after the tragedy, they recalled that The probability of being struck by lightning is one in a million.according to data from the United States health authorities.

Along these lines, the spokesman for the Washington fire department, Vito Maggiolo, insisted on the need to shelter in a safe place when there is lightning. “Trees are not safe places.”

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