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Man taken to hospital after lightning strikes near him at Fort Meade

A man at Fort George G. Meade went to the hospital suffering “secondary effects” after he was nearly struck by lightning.

A spokeswoman for the Army base said lightning struck near three or four people who were preparing for National Night Out festivities at a parade field.

They weren't directly hit by the electrical charge but felt tingly sensations on their bodies. They were all given treatment on-site, and one adult male went to the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center for care.

Sherry Kuiper, a Fort Meade spokeswoman, said the incident occurred as people were preparing a parade field for National Night Out activities. It began to rain with thunder and lightning as firefighters, police officers and others were getting ready for the event.

Initially the evening’s schedule was delayed for 30 minutes but the event was eventually canceled. It was the second year in a row that inclement weather scuttled the event, Kuiper said.

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