WHITE HOUSE.  Obama had a hectic day, despite it being his 52nd birthday anniversary (AP).

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

According to the police, the victims were recognized as James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 75. They turned 56 together and to celebrate they chose to walk through Lafayette Park, near the White House.

They had been high school sweethearts, she had retired as a teacher while he owned a drywall shop. Both had formed a very united family, they had 5 children, 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren and what they liked the most was “organizing dinners to be all together”.

WHITE HOUSE. Obama had a hectic day, despite it being his 52nd birthday anniversary (AP).

In addition, they confirmed that two other victims remain “in critical condition.”

“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.

The White House spokeswoman, Karine Jean Pierregave condolences to the families of the deceased in a statement. “We pray for those who are still fighting for their lives,” she stated moved.

What the US government said 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 lightning passes through the middle of the white house.

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.

Washington Fire Department spokesman, 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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