Boy Scout camp lightning strike: New Hampshire Scouts hospitalized with burns

BELMONT, N.H. - Nearly two-dozen Boy Scouts were taken to hospitals after a lightning strike at their camp in New Hampshire.

The Scouts say a major thunderstorm hit Camp Bell on the Griswold Scout Reservation Monday night.

Fire officials say the Scouts were taking shelter underneath a canopy when lightning either hit the canopy or the ground nearby.

No one was directly hit by the strike, but shortly afterward, they reported feeling some tingling and burning sensations.

All the scouts had some level of burns, from minor to serious.

But Belmont Fire Department Chief David Parenti said there was a delay in getting medical attention.

"Problem was they couldn't get them out right away because they were in the middle of a significant storm," Parenti said. "The storm lasted another 15 to 20 minutes, the counselors on site immediately began triaging the patients, determined they had six that they considered serious that they needed to get out of there right away."

The Scouts range in age from 12 to 17.

They were all part of a leadership program that brought older Scouts from across the region there for leadership training.