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    Lightning Strikes Injure Nearly 50 in Germany, France

    A bolt of lightning that disrupted a youth football (soccer) match in western Germany Saturday sent 35 people to hospitals, and a similar incident in Paris injured 11 children and adults.

    Police in Hoppstaetten, Germany, said three people were seriously injured at the football match, but 30 children between the ages of 9 and 11 and two adults were rushed to hospitals as a precaution. One of those seriously injured was the match referee, who reportedly was struck by the lightning just after he whistled the match to a finish.

    A police spokesman told a German news channel (n-tv) that witnesses told officers the lightning came out of a clear sky, with no threatening clouds or rain.

    In Paris, meanwhile, 11 people, mostly children, were hurt by a similar lightning strike during a child's birthday party in a park.

    Four children and two adults were seriously injured, authorities said, with four of them in critical condition. The party-goers had taken shelter under a tree when the lightning bolt hit, knocking several of them unconscious.

    Four children and one other adult were less seriously injured. The incident occurred at Parc Monceau, a popular spot for family outings in northwest Paris.

    An off-duty fireman who was nearby dashed over to treat those who were burned by the jolt of electricity, the Paris Fire Service said, adding that his quick first aid likely averted more serious consequences.

    Lightning Strikes Injure Nearly 50 in Germany, France

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    Allah be merciful

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    Out of a clear sky? WTF?

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    I lived in central Europe for many years most notably Germany. Man some of the most wicked storms and lightning. Once a bolt of lightning stuck the ground about 50 yards away from me. It felt like a bomb going off and you could smell the electricity. I made a quick break for the house.

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    The sky may well have been overcast, just with no actual clouds. Particulate matter from pollution would still rub against other particulate matter and generate electricity.

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    Shocking news.

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    The party-goers had taken shelter under a tree
    Don't they teach that bit in French schools FFS? Isn't his a basic life skill.

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    pseudopuss will be along in a minute to tell us about the 'Merkins testing their new weather weapon.


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