North Carolina Storm Injures Nine Handlers, Kills One Dog

MORGANTON, N.C. -- Nine people were hurt Saturday
night (April 9) after a lightning strike at a dog show at a fairground in
Morganton, N.C., according to the Charlotte Observer.

Officials in Burke County said those injured were struck by lightning while at the county fairgrounds about 6:10 p.m.

An American Dog Breeders Association show was
being held at the grounds, and a dog -- believed to be an American Pit Bull Terrier -- was also killed in the incident.

Seven
of those hurt were transported to the Grace Hospital, where a
supervisor later said two were admitted, two were treated and released
and one was transported to the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

Rita
Bond, who was at the fairgrounds, said people were sheltering under a
canopy when it was struck by lightning, causing the injuries and killing
the dog which was waiting to be shown.

Heavy
storms pummeled the region Saturday evening -- with Burke County issuing
a tornado warning -- and showered Morganton (75 NW of Charlotte) with hail and strong winds.

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