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Soldiers released from hospital after lightning strike

Published: August 2, 2013, 12:11 pm, by Tom Roeder

carsonTwo soldiers hospitalized after a Wednesday lightning strike at a Fort Carson training area had been sent home Friday.

The post said Friday that all 12 soldiers hit in the Wednesday afternoon incident have recovered from their injuries.

Spokeswoman Dani Johnson said after the lightning strike, leaders at Fort Carson began a review of safety procedures to prevent similar incidents in the future.

The dozen were with a group of soldiers of 350  from the 52nd Engineer Battalion at a training area south of Butts Army Airfield when the storm rolled in.

Most of the soldiers were able to make to to the safety of a tent when the bolt hit at 2:45 p.m. The dozen were on their way to the tent when it hit.

None were struck directly, but two soldiers suffered serious injuries and 10 suffered minor injuries.