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Fourteen teenagers in Switzerland were taken to hospital the following Tuesday night lightning strikes the football field while they were in the middle of a match, Swiss news agency SDA reported.

The lightning initially hit a lamppost before spreading to the field, which is located in the Swiss village of Abtwil, 80 kilometers (50 miles) east of Zurich, SDA said, citing a police report.

“Fourteen young people aged 15 to 16 have been injured. They were taken to various hospitals and remain there for monitoring,” police spokesman Hanspeter Krüsi told local newspapers. Tagblatt.

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A 16-year-old boy, who was unconscious, was flown to hospital by helicopter, SDA said.

Whether the match should have been canceled due to bad weather conditions is currently being investigated in collaboration with the prosecutor’s office, Tagblatt reported. No spectators were injured during the match.

Firefighters in Abtwil also responded on Tuesday evening to a house fire caused by lightning, the newspaper said. No injuries were reported.

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