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SPD chief: Child affected by lightning ‘doing fine’
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Statesboro Police Chief Mike Broadhead

A child hospitalized Tuesday after a lightning strike in Statesboro is doing fine, according to Statesboro Police.

The 7-year-old boy was playing outside at a South College Street location around 3 p.m. Tuesday when “…lightning struck a tall pine tree and the electricity entered the ground, blew a pretty good hole and uprooted some turf,” said Statesboro Police Chief Mike Broadhead. “The young man was about three feet from the tree, so the combination of energy zapped him pretty good.”

At first, responders were told the boy was breathing, but unresponsive, according to Bulloch County 911 reports.  However, “He was awake and breathing upon EMS arrival, but a little stunned,” Broadhead said “He was taken to East Georgia Regional Medical Center and they released him back to his family.  All reports are that he is doing fine.”

Statesboro and surrounding areas have experienced heavy rainfall and lightning strikes over the past several days, including one bolt that reportedly struck the Statesboro Police Department, affecting computer systems and air conditioning.