Two National Guardsmen injured by lightning in Lafayette Square after being deployed amid protests

Two National Guardsmen were taken to the hospital after lightning struck near where they were standing outside of the White House.

The lightning struck near Lafayette Square as a particularly violent round of thunderstorms rolled through Washington, D.C., on Thursday. The National Guard had been deployed to provide security at the “Justice For George Floyd” protests, according to the Washington Post. The two were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Doug Buchanan, chief communications officer for the Washington, D.C., Fire Department, said both of the guardsmen “were conscious and alert with no visible signs of burns.” Buchanan noted the bolt “was clearly
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