Friday 30 September 2016

Lightning injures scores at German rock festival

Published 04/06/2016 | 02:51

Festival-goers were injured by lightning strikes
Festival-goers were injured by lightning strikes

Police say scores of people have been injured by lightning strikes at a rock festival in western Germany.

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Mayen police spokesman Lars Brummer says the overall number of people hospitalised after lighting strikes at the Rock am Ring festival had increased to 71.

He said "a number of those hospitalised have been discharged again."

The festival, held at a former airfield near Mendig, about 62 miles west of Frankfurt, is one of the most popular in Germany.

Performers this year include Tenacious D, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Black Sabbath.

Germany has been hit by severe storms that have caused heavy flooding in recent days.

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