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Lightning strike kills soldier in Georgia

Nine others were injured at a Fort Gordon training area



Madeleine List
The Charlotte Observer

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Lightning struck an army post in Georgia, killing one soldier and injuring nine, officials told news outlets.

The lightning hit Fort Gordon around 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 20, according to WRDW/WAGT.

The soldiers were injured when the lightning struck one of the training areas, WJBF reported.

Emergency services responded to the scene, but the extent of the soldiers’ injuries was unknown Wednesday evening, according to WFXG.

Fort Gordon did not immediately respond to a request for comment from McClatchy News.

Fort Gordon is an army installation just southwest of Augusta and about 150 miles east of Atlanta.

The United States Army Signal Corps, a branch that manages communications and information systems for the armed forces, and the Cyber Center of Excellence, which focuses on the Army’s cyberspace operations and electronic warfare, are located there, according to Fort Gordon’s website.

Around 80,000 people live at Fort Gordon, including military families, contractors, retirees and others. The population includes around 16,000 service members and 9,000 civilian employees.


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