2 San Antonio boys remain hospitalized after lightning strike

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by Jeff Anastasio / KENS 5

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Posted on September 6, 2013 at 9:43 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- Two boys remain hospitalized Friday morning after they were struck by lightning on the city's northwest side.

A witness on the scene said the boys were playing in a tree around 8 p.m. Thursday when they were struck.  The incident happened in the 4700 block of Barons Ridge Drive.

A 8-year-old boy remained in critical condition Friday morning.  A 7-year-old boy was listed in critical condition.

San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said one of the boys was not breathing when emergency officials initially took the call.

"In my 7 years of being here, I can't remember a lightning strike, a multiple strike, or a strike involving a child," said Chief Hood.

A nearby neighbor said the lightning strike was so loud that it made her jump out of her chair.

"The moms and the ladies were coming out of their houses and I went to my backyard and it was right there on my fence line," said Anna Diaz.

There has been one lightning strike fatality in Texas this year.
 

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