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Lightning strikes scouts, dozens injured

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A New Hampshire fire chief who helped triage 23 Boy Scouts who suffered burns during a campground lightning strike says they were "incredibly calm" throughout their ordeal.

Belmont Fire Chief David Parenti said he was most concerned about six of the scouts whose burns encompassed the heart area. He said at least two of the six who were hospitalized have been released.

Scouts spokesman Greg Osborn said no one was directly hit by the lightning Monday at the Griswold Hidden Valley Scout Reservation. He says some of the 23 scouts and three adults complained of tingling and burning sensations.

The lightning struck during a big evening storm at Camp Bell - a rustic spot with campsites and no structures just outside Belmont.

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