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3 injured in lightning strike in Laconia, NH

July 4, 2012
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LACONIA, N.H.—Fire officials say three people are being treated for minor injuries after being struck by lightning at a Laconia barbecue.

Capt. Kirk Beattie says three people in their early 20s were standing near a grill at a residential barbecue Wednesday evening when lightning struck the ground nearby. They were taken to a hospital.

Beattie says several buildings in Laconia were struck by lightning and a tree fell onto a house on Wednesday evening, but no injuries were reported in those strikes.

Margaret Curtis, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, says a line of severe thunderstorms moved in from Canada shortly after 5 p.m. She says it cut through a 70-mile-long swath of New Hampshire, knocking down trees and power lines.

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