Lightning strike at Scout camp was ‘ground current,’ expert says
The Scouts, who were attending Daniel Webster Council’s Youth Leadership Training, suffered varying degrees of burns after a bolt struck a tree about 50 feet from a camp shelter, where they had gone for safety.
When lightning strikes a tree or other object, much of the energy travels outward from the strike in and along the ground surface for as far as 100 feet, Aviles said.
“It’s not very common,” Aviles said. “But it can be very harmful. You can get burned, your nervous system can malfunction, and you can have heart problems.”
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