Lightning sends 16 soldiers to hospital


FORT BRAGG(AP) — A lightning strike has hospitalized 16 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.

Malone said 15 soldiers were hospitalized overnight for observation at an Army hospital, and another was taken to a different hospital for heart monitoring. Two others were examined and returned to duty without staying overnight.

None of the injuries is considered life-threatening.

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

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