Lightning strikes leave 9 badly hurt in France and Germany

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May 28 (Reuters) - Lightning strikes in northern France and southwest Germany on Saturday left nine people seriously hurt, authorities said.

Eleven people were injured by a bolt of lightning in a park in Paris, six of them badly, the French interior ministry said.

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Eight of those hurt were children, the ministry said in a statement. The incident occurred in the Monceau park in the northwest of the French capital.

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Lightning strikes leave 9 badly hurt in France and Germany
Partial view taken of the Parc Monceau following its evacuation after eleven people including 10 children were struck by lightning in the park, on May 28, 2016, in Paris. 'There are currently 11 injured unfortunately, 10 children and an adult who was accompanying them,' Vincent Baladi of the local authority told iTELE television, saying they had been 'struck by lightning' at Parc Monceau in the city's northwest. AFP PHOTO / MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE / AFP / MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE (Photo credit should read MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE/AFP/Getty Images)
An ambulance leaves a building requisitioned to treat injured people, near the site of the accident at Parc Monceau in Paris, on May 28, 2016, after eleven people including 10 children were struck by lightning in the park. 'There are currently 11 injured unfortunately, 10 children and an adult who was accompanying them,' Vincent Baladi of the local authority told iTELE television, saying they had been 'struck by lightning' at Parc Monceau in the city's northwest. AFP PHOTO / MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE / AFP / MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE (Photo credit should read MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE/AFP/Getty Images)
Partial view taken of the Parc Monceau following its evacuation after eleven people including 10 children were struck by lightning in the park, on May 28, 2016, in Paris. 'There are currently 11 injured unfortunately, 10 children and an adult who was accompanying them,' Vincent Baladi of the local authority told iTELE television, saying they had been 'struck by lightning' at Parc Monceau in the city's northwest. AFP PHOTO / MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE / AFP / MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE (Photo credit should read MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE/AFP/Getty Images)
An ambulance leaves a building requisitioned to treat injured people, near the site of the accident at Parc Monceau in Paris, on May 28, 2016, after eleven people including 10 children were struck by lightning in the park. 'There are currently 11 injured unfortunately, 10 children and an adult who was accompanying them,' Vincent Baladi of the local authority told iTELE television, saying they had been 'struck by lightning' at Parc Monceau in the city's northwest. AFP PHOTO / MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE / AFP / MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE (Photo credit should read MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE/AFP/Getty Images)
Firefigthers walk at the entrance of the Parc Monceau on May 28, 2016 in Paris, after eleven people including 10 children were struck by lightning in the park. 'There are currently 11 injured unfortunately, 10 children and an adult who was accompanying them,' Vincent Baladi of the local authority told iTELE television, saying they had been 'struck by lightning' at Parc Monceau in the city's northwest. AFP PHOTO / MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE / AFP / MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE (Photo credit should read MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE/AFP/Getty Images)
Emergencies service person work in a building requisitioned to treat injured people, near the site of the accident at Parc Monceau in Paris, on May 28, 2016, after eleven people including 10 children were struck by lightning in the park. 'There are currently 11 injured unfortunately, 10 children and an adult who was accompanying them,' Vincent Baladi of the local authority told iTELE television, saying they had been 'struck by lightning' at Parc Monceau in the city's northwest. AFP PHOTO / MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE / AFP / MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE (Photo credit should read MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE/AFP/Getty Images)
Fire chief Eric Moulin speaks to journalists near the Parc Monceau on May 28, 2016 in Paris, after eleven people including 10 children were struck by lightning in the park. 'There are currently 11 injured unfortunately, 10 children and an adult who was accompanying them,' Vincent Baladi of the local authority told iTELE television, saying they had been 'struck by lightning' at Parc Monceau in the city's northwest. AFP PHOTO / MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE / AFP / MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE (Photo credit should read MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE/AFP/Getty Images)
Emergencies service person work in a building requisitioned to treat injured people, near the site of the accident at Parc Monceau in Paris, on May 28, 2016, after eleven people including 10 children were struck by lightning in the park. 'There are currently 11 injured unfortunately, 10 children and an adult who was accompanying them,' Vincent Baladi of the local authority told iTELE television, saying they had been 'struck by lightning' at Parc Monceau in the city's northwest. AFP PHOTO / MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE / AFP / MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE (Photo credit should read MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE/AFP/Getty Images)
A firefighter, who was off-duty but was the first to intervene after eleven people including 10 children were struck by lightning, speaks to journalists near the site of the accident at Parc Monceau in Paris, on May 28, 2016. 'There are currently 11 injured unfortunately, 10 children and an adult who was accompanying them,' Vincent Baladi of the local authority told iTELE television, saying they had been 'struck by lightning' at Parc Monceau in the city's northwest. AFP PHOTO / MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE / AFP / MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE (Photo credit should read MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE/AFP/Getty Images)
Fire chief Eric Moulin speaks to journalists near the Parc Monceau on May 28, 2016 in Paris, after eleven people including 10 children were struck by lightning in the park. 'There are currently 11 injured unfortunately, 10 children and an adult who was accompanying them,' Vincent Baladi of the local authority told iTELE television, saying they had been 'struck by lightning' at Parc Monceau in the city's northwest. AFP PHOTO / MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE / AFP / MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE (Photo credit should read MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE/AFP/Getty Images)
Vehicles of firefigthers are parked near the Parc Monceau on May 28, 2016 in Paris, after eleven people including 10 children were struck by lightning in the park. 'There are currently 11 injured unfortunately, 10 children and an adult who was accompanying them,' Vincent Baladi of the local authority told iTELE television, saying they had been 'struck by lightning' at Parc Monceau in the city's northwest. AFP PHOTO / MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE / AFP / MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE (Photo credit should read MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE/AFP/Getty Images)
Vehicles of firefigthers are parked at the entrance of the Parc Monceau on May 28, 2016 in Paris, after eleven people including 10 children were struck by lightning in the park. 'There are currently 11 injured unfortunately, 10 children and an adult who was accompanying them,' Vincent Baladi of the local authority told iTELE television, saying they had been 'struck by lightning' at Parc Monceau in the city's northwest. AFP PHOTO / MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE / AFP / MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE (Photo credit should read MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE/AFP/Getty Images)
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The children, aged between seven and 14, had been attending a birthday party in the park at the time, Itele TV channel quoted officials as saying.

Eric Moulin, a spokesman for the French firefighting service, said the situation would have been worse if an off-duty fire officer had not been at hand to quickly provide first aid.

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A lightning strike at a children's football match in Hoppstaetten in the German region of Rheinland-Pfalz on Saturday left the referee and two other adults seriously injured. Twenty-nine children were taken to hospital as a precaution.

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