Two National Guardsmen injured by lightning strike during George Floyd protests in Washington

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Two National Guardsmen were injured after suffering the effects of a lightning strike near the White House on Thursday, officials said early Friday.

The two service members were struck shortly after midnight within the Lafayette Park perimeter, where protests over the death of George Floyd continued for a seventh day, CBS affiliate WUSA-TV reported.

The two officers were taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, D.C. Fire and EMS officials said.

WUSA reported that the stormy weather cleared out many protesters, but some remained through the downpour in the area of Lafayette Square past midnight. The city was also under a flash flood watch Thursday evening.

WUSA posted dramatic video of lightning appearing to strike the Washington Monument and surrounding areas.

Watch the video below


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