Lightning strike injures six Ft. Drum soldiers

Larry Hardee
Larry Hardee

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) — Army officials say six soldiers are recovering after lightning struck during a field exercise at Fort Drum in northern New York.

A Fort Drum spokeswoman says the soldiers were training on a range when lightning hit the area around 9:15 p.m. Thursday.

Officials say six soldiers were taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries not considered life-threatening. Spokeswoman Julie Halpin says four returned to duty as of Friday morning, while two remain hospitalized.

The nature of the injuries and details of the lightning strike haven’t been released.

In August 2012, a lightning strike injured 10 New Jersey National Guard soldiers who were training at Fort Drum, 70 miles north of Syracuse. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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