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Lightning strikes, sending 23 Boy Scouts to New Hampshire hospital

- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Nearly two dozen Boy Scouts were sent to the hospital on the heels of a lightning strike in New Hampshire on Monday evening.

Belmont Fire Chief David Parenti said the 23 boys, ages 12 to 16, were under a tarp at a Scout reservation when the lightning struck and were taken to the hospital as a precaution, for evaluation, NBC reported.

"[I] wouldn't even call it serious," he said of the boys' conditions, in the NBC report.

At the same time, many suffered minor burns and six were placed on cardiac monitors, parents told NBC. Another spokesman said the three Scout leaders were also affected by the lighting strike.

Nobody was hit directly, but all felt a tingle, NBC reported.

"At some point in time, the lightning either struck nearby or struck the shelter they were under or a tree or something and traveled through into the meadow," Mr. Parenti said, in the NBC report.

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