4 beach-goers sent to hospital after nearby lightning strike



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ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (AP) — Three adults and a small child are getting emergency treatment after lightning struck near their getaway on the South Carolina coast.

It happened Sunday afternoon on Isle of Palms, a coastal city about 40 miles east of Charleston. Isle of Palms Fire Chief Ann Graham says none of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening.

Graham says the people were on the local boardwalk when the lightning struck. Graham says three adults had red streaks on their bodies afterward. The fire chief says the child was in the arms of one of the adults injured and was dropped, suffering a head injury.

She said people in a nearby house saw what happened and offered help.

The home is on a golf course at the eastern edge of the barrier island.

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