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Scores injured in lightning strikes across Europe

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Firefighters gather at the scene in Paris
Firefighters gather at the scene in Paris

Police in Germany said 35 people were taken to hospital after lightning struck a children's football match.

Three adults were seriously injured in the strike in Hoppstadten, including the referee.

Another 32 people, among them 30 children ranging in age from nine to 11, were taken to hospital as a precaution, the dpa news agency reported.

The game had just finished when lightning struck suddenly at about 2pm, police spokesman Dominik Lentz told n-tv television.

"According to what everyone present says, there were no clouds in the sky, so this incident couldn't have been expected," he said.

Parts of western Germany have seen storms, heavy rain and hail over the past two days.

Meanwhile, one man died and scores of people been injured, including children, as lightning strikes hit several other parts of Europe, including a park in Paris.

A bolt of lightning killed a man hiking in mountains in south-west Poland on Saturday. Storm lightning injured three others in the same region, and a 61-year-old man drowned in flash flooding.

Eleven people, including eight children, were injured when lightning struck as they were celebrating a birthday party in a park in north-west Paris. The children, aged between seven and eight years old, took shelter beneath a tree when the storm broke. A hospital spokesman said one child remained in a serious condition.