Officials: 5 injured in Columbia lightning strike

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Richland County officials say five landscapers were injured after lightning struck a tree near a college campus in downtown Columbia.

A spokesman for the Columbia Fire Department says the workers were near the tree at apartments near Benedict College when it was struck by lightning in a storm that rolled through downtown Tuesday afternoon.

One person was taken to a hospital, but authorities said those injuries were non-life threatening.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)

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