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Lightning strike sends 23 Fort Stewart soldiers to hospital

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • No serious injuries were reported and none of the soldiers lost consciousness
  • A storm was moving through the area when lightning struck

(CNN) -- Twenty-three soldiers were treated at a hospital Monday after lightning struck near their training site at the Army's Fort Stewart in Georgia.

Nineteen soldiers were treated and released, and four were held at the Winn Army Community Hospital for observation, according to base spokesman Pat Young. No serious injuries were reported and none of the soldiers lost consciousness, Young said.

The lightning strike occurred about 4:35 p.m. as members of the 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team were training near the base's tactical operations center, Young said. A storm was moving through the area, near Savannah, at the time.

CNN's John Branch contributed to this report.

 
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