Lightning Strike Hospitalizes 23 Boy Scouts

3 adults also suffer burns in NH strike
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2013 1:15 AM CDT
Lightning Strike Hospitalizes 23 Boy Scouts
None of the scouts were directly hit by the strike, fire officials say.   (AP Photo/Dr. Scott M. Lieberman)

(Newser) – A lightning strike during a massive thunderstorm sent 23 Boy Scouts and three adults to the hospital with burns ranging from mild to serious, WMUR reports. Fire officials—who praised the teens for staying "calm and cool" in the aftermath of the strike—say the group was sheltering under a canopy at Griswold Scout Reservation in New Hampshire when lightning hit either the canopy or the ground nearby. None of the injuries were life-threatening, though six scouts with burned chests are being kept in the hospital for cardiac monitoring. (Read more lightning stories.)

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