Nine people hit by lightning on crowded beach space |

Nine people hit by lightning on crowded beach space

LOVELAND ” At least nine people were hit by lightning on a crowded beach at Boyd Lake Sunday, a day after extreme weather was blamed for a fatal boating accident there.

Four people were transported to the hospital, Capt. Allen Simons of the Thompson Valley Emergency Medical Service said. Their conditions weren’t immediately known.

The five other people hit by lightning were treated at the beach.

The afternoon storm also caused wind gusts up to 75 mph in parts of northern Colorado and tornados near Holyoke and Watkins in the eastern half of the state. No damage was reported.

In northwestern Colorado, lightning strikes from thunderstorms in recent days were blamed for sparking 23 fires. The largest, between Rangely and Meeker, was burning on about 130 acres, the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit said Sunday.

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