Lightning strike hospitalizes 16 soldiers in North Carolina

Lightning Appears to Hit Jet on Runway in Atlanta

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A lightning strike has hospitalized sixteen soldiers on an Army training exercise in North Carolina.

Master Sgt. Patrick Malone, a spokesman for the 82nd Airborne Division, says 60 soldiers were gathered to discuss the day's training when lightning struck nearby around 8 p.m. Wednesday.

SEE ALSO:Deadly brain-eating amoeba found in Louisiana water system

Fifteen soldiers were hospitalized overnight for observation at an Army hospital, and a sixteenth was taken to a different hospital for heart monitoring.

Malone said he didn't know whether the injuries were serious. Symptoms can include nausea, dizziness and sore muscles.

Malone says the lightning appears to have struck the ground near the soldiers, and he doesn't know whether anyone was directly hit.

More from
Wind is blowing China's air pollution 'straight across' to the US West Coast
World's most expensive opal literally glows in the dark
Air pollution killing 4,000 in China a day, US study finds

Read Full Story