Video shows lighting that struck National Guard soldiers in D.C.


Two National Guard soldiers were taken to the hospital after being near a lightning strike while on duty -in response to protests in Washington D.C.

“#DCsBravest received a call for a report of 2 military personnel suffering the effects of a nearby lighting strike within the Lafayette Park perimeter,” the DC Fire and EMS department tweeted. “Both were transported with non life threatening injuries.”

The two soldiers were members of the South Carolina National Guard and were injured just before midnight, according to the Military Times.

A spokesperson for the South Carolina National Guard Public Affairs said the troops were transported to the hospital to access any injuries.

“They will remain at the hospital for 24 hours for observation,” she said in a statement to Military Times.

She added they are in stable condition.

More than 41,500 National Guard members have been activated to assist law enforcement in support of civil unrest operations related to protests and riots over the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.

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