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City man has lightning scare at campground

TAMWORTH — The lightning strike that injured two at a New Hampshire campground "came out of nowhere," owner Laurie Bonica said.

"It wasn't raining. We heard very faint thunder in the distance but were barely aware of it, then there was one loud crack," Bonica said Monday at the Lakes Region campground. "It was really loud and you could feel vibration from it."

Phil Deberardinis of Manchester described himself as lucky to have suffered so little from the effects of the lightning bolt that split a tree at Tamworth Camping Area around 8 p.m. Sunday.

Bonica said the electricity from the strike was felt a good distance away, affecting a group of campers that included Deberardinis and a 14-year-old boy.

She said the teen had his hand on a camper door when the lightning hit. He was taken to Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro overnight as a precaution.

She said the teen returned to the campground Monday morning and the family packed up and went home.

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