2 sent to hospital after lightning strike at El Paso County Fairgrounds

Published: Jul. 19, 2016 at 6:19 PM MDT
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A lightning strike came without warning Tuesday evening at the El Paso County Fairgrounds, leaving two people injured.

Officials say a woman was struck as she left the building on the north side of the fairgrounds. A man nearby was also injured.

Both were "treated immediately by paramedics stationed at the fairgrounds and taken by ambulance to hospitals," El Paso County spokesman Dave Rose said.

A third person, who was nearby, was also hurt, but their injuries are believed to be minor.

Rose said county workers and fairgoers reported the strike came when there was no thunder or lightning in the immediate area, although it could be seen miles away. The incident was reported around 6 p.m.

The El Paso County Fair is currently going on at the fairgrounds through July 23. The fairgrounds are located in Calhan.