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Boy Scouts killed by lightning strike while camping

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After seven days of scrambling up and down canyons in the Sierra Nevada, the Boy Scouts were held up by a common summer nuisance in the mountains — a lightning storm.

In a wide, grassy meadow near Mt. Whitney, the five adults and seven teenagers set up two tarps, keeping away from granite outcroppings to stay as safe as they could from the lightning flashing across the sky.

Then a bolt of lightning hit one of the tarps, killing the troop leader instantly and claiming the life of a 13-year-old boy. Six others were injured.

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