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4 people, including 2 Jacksonville teachers, struck by lightning

4 people, including 2 Jacksonville teachers, struck by lightning
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POSTED: Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 6:47pm

UPDATED: Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 6:48pm

Three people were taken to a nearby hospital Thursday afternoon when they were struck by lightning in Jacksonville.

As school was letting out around 3:15 p.m., two Fred Douglass Elementary teachers were escorting kids into a car when lightning struck, according to the Jacksonville Fire Department.

Fire officials believe the bolt hit the top of an umbrella and traveled through the teacher holding it , then jumped to the teacher standing next to her in a puddle of water; both felt tingling. A mother and her 1st grade daughter, who were nearby, also felt tingling.

Three of the four were transported to an area hospital as a safety precaution. They were treated and released with no major injuries.

The names of the victim's have not been released.

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