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Five people injured in lightning strike

Minor injuries were reported after five members of a family were struck by lightning Monday in Courtland.

Police report that three adults and two children were hit at about 3:45 p.m. when they were standing under maple trees on Main Street. The family dog also was struck.

An intense thunderstorm was passing over south-central Ontario at the time.

Injured were two women, a man and two young girls, police said.

All were reported in stable condition in hospital at press time.

The OPP remind the public that – when it comes to electrical storms – there are no safe places outdoors.

“We’re just thankful that we’re not knocking on someone’s door letting them know that a family member is deceased,” said Norfolk OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk.

“The OPP remind anyone who works outdoors or is caught outdoors during a lightning storm to take immediate cover.”

Police also urged parents and caregivers not to allow young children to play outdoors during an electrical storm.

In an average year, Environment Canada says six to 10 Canadians are killed by lightning strikes, while another 150 to 160 are injured.