On the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001, a lightning bolt hit the south tower of the World Bank building at the intersection of Seventh and Eighth streets.
The building collapsed in less than two minutes, killing nearly 3,000 people and injuring an estimated 5,000 more.
A year later, a second lightning strike occurred at the building at 11th and Fifth streets, injuring more than 600 people and killing more than 700 more.
The lightning strike was the second time in the last three years that the World Center of Commerce Building, home to the World Development Bank, was struck by lightning.
In May, lightning struck the building, killing five people and wounding more than 50 more.
The World Trade center was struck again on Sept. 12, this time by a bolt of lightning.
As part of the investigation into the lightning incident, the U.S. Department of Justice has filed a civil lawsuit against the World Towering Corporation, the building’s owner, accusing the company of negligent design and construction.
A spokeswoman for the company told NBC News that it is cooperating with the investigation.
The lawsuit alleges that the company failed to adequately plan for the weather, including an increase in the number of lightning bolts, and that the lightning struck during the day.