Lightning strike near US White House leaves four in critical condition

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Four people are in critical condition after a lightning strike near the White House on Thursday, officials in the US capital said.

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The lightning struck a small park across the street from the White House, leaving two men and two women with “critical life-threatening injuries,” according to a statement from Washington's fire and emergencies department.

All the victims have been taken to local hospitals.

Photos posted by the department on social media showed multiple ambulances and at least one fire truck with flashing lights working at the scene.

A severe thunderstorm hit the American capital on Thursday evening.

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