A few seconds have been enough to end the lives of two people. This Thursday, James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 74, have died as a result of injuries sustained by lightning in front of the White House.
The incident has occurred specifically in Lafayette Park, the square in front of the residence of the president of the United States. Two other affected people remain hospitalized with serious injuries.
The couple, tourists from Wisconsin, along with two other people, whose identities have not been released but are known to be adults from the West Coast, sought shelter under a tree when Thursday evening a strong storm.
The four people were found in a wooded area near the equestrian statue of former US President Andrew Jackson.
Before the arrival of the emergency services, they received the assistance of the Park Police and the Secret Service, in charge of protecting the presidential residence.