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Jun092011

Lightning Strike at Mississippi Base Sends 77 Cadets to Hospitals

Comstock/Thinkstock(HATTIESBURG, Miss.) -- Seventy-seven Air Force cadets wound up in the hospital Wednesday after their military training base in Mississippi was struck by lightning, officials said.

According to ABC News affiliate WAPT-TV in Jackson, Mississippi, the cadets were in the vicinity of the strike, which came down around 2 p.m. at Camp Shelby.

"There was a light pole that was struck and there were several people that were in the proximity in a tent," Lt. Col. Jim Ainsworth said.  "What happened is they were in the proximity and they felt the ground shake; that kind of thing, and we just wanted to make sure that they were OK."

All of the cadets were taken to nearby hospitals for evaluations, with two of them being rushed by ambulance as a precaution. U.S. Army representatives say all 77 are doing well.

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