08-13-2016, 12:59 AM #1
NY POUGHKEEPSIE 5 people struck by lightning at New York park
August 12, 2016
5 People Struck By Lightning In Park In Poughkeepsie
Five people were struck by lightning, and two of them suffered life-threatening injuries, in Poughkeepsie Friday afternoon.
Around 4 p.m., a large storm cell moved through the area and lightning struck in Mansion Square Park, bounded by Hamilton, Clinton, and Mansion streets in Poughkeepsie.
They were sitting on a bench under the tree when the severe weather struck, according to the Poughkeepsie Mayor’s office.
As CBS2’s Ali Bauman reported, rain was fairly light in the park Friday afternoon. No one was expecting the sudden thunder and lightning.
“They were blue — like the sky, blue – you know, it was crazy,” said witness Sam Hail.
First responders found the five people unresponsive on the bench and under the tree.
“There was actually smoke coming off one the guys, actually, you know, one of the guys that was laid out,” Hail said. “He was alive, though, but like you could see he was smoking. His pants; his clothes were smoking.”
Three of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries, while two suffered non-life-threatening injuries, officials told CBS2.
08-14-2016, 12:05 AM #2
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