Lightning strikes scouts

Lightning strikes scouts
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 7:42am

Boy Scout leaders say they were prepared for severe storm before 23 were struck by lightning.

(NECN) Boy Scout troop leader Mike Burns heard a large boom and saw a flash of orange and white light.

"We knew immediately it was a lightning strike," he says.

What wasn't immediately clear Monday night was how many Boy Scouts had soaked up the charge of that strike while huddled under a tarp at Camp Bell in Gilmanton, New Hampshire.

"As we came out from under that (tarp), then we noticed on some of the scouts we had soreness and stiffness," says Burns.

When the storm cleared, 23 teenaged Scouts and three leaders reported symptoms.

The lightening appears to have struck one tree, traveled under the scouts, and left through another tree.

Burns watched and felt it, "in my mouth, through my jaw, through my legs. I felt a Charlie horse, especially in my right leg, kind of stiffly drew me together."

A nurse and two EMTs on site checked out the injured before they went to area hospitals.

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