2 National Guardsmen injured by lightning striking Lafayette Square

2 National Guardsmen injured by lightning striking Lafayette Square
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Two members of the District of Columbia National Guard were injured during a lightning strike late Thursday at Lafayette Square near the White House, officials announced. 

National Guard troops have been in the area this week amid demonstrations over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in Minneapolis police custody on May 25.

The U.S. Park Police said Friday that the two injured guardsmen were immediately attended to by medics on the scene and taken to a local hospital with "non life threatening injuries.”


"Let’s keep them in our prayers and wish them a speedy recovery," D.C. Mayor Muriel BowserMuriel BowserDC resumes indoor dining at 25 percent capacity Inauguration parties lose the glitz and glamour in 2021 Biden's inauguration unprecedented in US history MORE (D) tweeted Friday, thanking the guardsmen for their service.

The D.C. area experienced several rounds of intense thunderstorms Thursday night as members of the National Guard patrolled the area near the National Mall. Right before the incident, lightning was also captured on video striking the Washington Monument.


Earlier this week, President TrumpDonald TrumpMcCarthy says he told Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene he disagreed with her impeachment articles against Biden Biden, Trudeau agree to meet next month Trump planned to oust acting AG to overturn Georgia election results: report MORE mobilized National Guard troops to D.C. after protests continued in the city for multiple days, including near the White House.

Bowser on Friday requested that the president "withdraw all extraordinary federal law enforcement and military presence" from the nation's capital.

In a letter to Trump on Friday morning, Bowser announced that she had "ended the state of emergency in the District of Columbia related to demonstrations."