77 Cadets sent to Hospital after Lightning Strike
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77 Cadets sent to Hospital after Lightning Strike

Hattiesburg : MS : USA | Jun 08, 2011 at 4:22 PM PDT
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Update: Cadet Struck By Lightning

Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, was hit by a lightning strike. Seventy-seven cadets sought medical attention after the bright flash that hit near Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Two of the cadets were transferred by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

The Center is home to Air Force Reserve cadets from around the country. All persons affected by the lightning show were responsive and stable. The strike hit at approximately 2:00 pm. EST.

Camp Shelby is the nation’s largest state-owned military training center. (Source: Associated Press) Terry Steed, Forrest Country emergency operations director relayed to the National weather Service that none of the cadets was hit directly by the lightning.

The strike hit a power pole near the tents. As a precaution, each cadet sought immediate medical care. Two were taken by hospital, but appear to have been released.

The area is 136,000 acres and resembles the terrain of Iraq and Afghanistan. Cadets receive training here in the event that they are relocated. Simulated battles and realistic training occurs in the rugged terrain.

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