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Lightning strike injures at least 9 people in Michigan

By Jason Kessler, CNN
  • Seven people are transported to local hospitals
  • Adults and students are injured in the lightning strike
  • Weather
  • Michigan

(CNN) -- At least nine people were injured Tuesday evening when lightning hit a soccer field in Portage, Michigan, authorities said.

The injured were a mix of adults and students, said Charles Wellman, the Portage battalion chief.

Seven people -- one with serious injuries -- were transported to area hospitals, with two others seeking medical treatment on their own, he said.

Portage is six miles south of Kalamazoo in southwestern Michigan.