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Lightning strike hurts children at Indiana summer camp

Children are hit by lightning in a field near a Reform Jewish summer camp in northwestern Indiana, injuring three.

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A flash of lightning illuminates the night sky. (Nicolas Garcia/AFP/Getty Images)

A lightning strike at the URJ Goldman summer camp in northwestern Indiana has injured three children, who were standing in a field when they were suddenly hit. 

One child was critically injured and was transferred to a hospital, while two other children were in stable condition after the strike. 

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The children were a 9-year-old boy from Kentucky, a 9-year-old girl from Chesterfield, and a 12-year-old boy from Ohio wrote WTHITV10.com. The strike appears to have happened around 2:00 PM Saturday afternoon. 

It's unknown why the children were in the field during the lightning storm, wrote the Indianapolis Star, and a representative from the camp said they were "not at liberty to discuss" the incident at this time.

"Right now safety is just our highest concern. Campers at our camp are doing fine, and we're going on with our program," the representative added. 

Camp director Rabbi Mark Covitz said in a statement that three campers had been injured, while adding: "Please know, the safety of your children is our highest priority."

The reform Jewish camp, located in Zionsville, Indiana, is geared towards Jewish children from third to 12th grade, and is run by the Union for Reform Judaism. 

According to the NOAA, there were a total of 28 lightning fatalities in the US in 2012, with five deaths in Florida alone. No deaths were recorded that year in Indiana. 

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