11 people hit by lightning in Paris park

Posted at 8:58 AM, May 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-28 11:58:31-04

A Paris fire service spokesman says 11 people including eight children have been hit by lightning in a Paris park after a sudden spring storm overtook a child's birthday party.

The victims had sought shelter Saturday under a tree at Park Monceau, a popular weekend hangout for well-to-do families in Paris.

Spokesman Eric Moulin says six of those electrocuted were seriously injured, including four children and two adults -- and four of them were in life-threatening condition. He said a further five people were slightly injured, including four children and another adult.