A dozen soldiers were injured by a lightning strike while training Wednesday afternoon (July 31) at Colorado’s Fort Carson army installation.
The strike reportedly hit around 2:45 p.m. MDT south of Butts Army Airfield, the Denver Post reported.
Two of the injured soldiers were taken to Memorial Hospital including one who had to be airlifted. Ten others were taken to Evans Army Community Hospital by ambulance.
One soldier at Memorial Hospital is in critical condition. The eleven other injured soldiers are in stable condition.
Fort Carson says the soldiers were conducting training when they were notified of lightning in the area.
Training was suspended and the soldiers were in the process of moving to shelter when the bolt of lightning struck them.
“Our people watch the weather very closely. As soon as they got notice, they stopped drilling and were seeking shelter, but the storm cell moved so fast,” said Dani Johnson, spokeswoman for Fort Carson.
July is historically the most dangerous month each year for lightning strikes, accounting for the most deaths and injuries. Six people have been killed by lightning this month.
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