Lightning Injures 23 Boy Scouts in New Hampshire

By Jillian MacMath, Staff Writer
June 27, 2013; 7:59 AM ET
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Twenty-three boy scouts and three adults were injured Monday when lightning struck the Griswold Scout Reservation in New Hampshire, according to The Associated Press.

The scouts and adults were reportedly under shelter when it struck, and were not hit directly. All were transported to the hospital.

The Boy Scouts of America Organization could not be reached for comment.

Fishing, camping and boating are the top three activities to result in lightning deaths in the U.S.

"If you're not in an enclosed shelter, you can still feel the effects of a strike," according to Expert Senior Meteorologist Dale Mohler.

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"If you're out hiking or camping in remote areas, it's tough," he said. "The thing you want to do is stay off of higher ridges, exposed places or open fields when a storm is coming and get into the lowest spot as possible."

The temperature in a bolt of lightning can reach 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit in a fraction of a second.

Lightning was occurring throughout western and central New England Monday, but the frequency of the strikes was not anything unusual.

Typically, the frequency of lightning strikes is lower in New England and highest in Florida and along the central Gulf coast.

Twenty-eight fatalities were reported in the United States due to lightning in 2012, according to the National Weather Service.

Almost all lightning will occur within 10 miles of its parent thunderstorm, but it can strike much farther than that. Lightning detection equipment has confirmed bolts striking almost 50 miles away.


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