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3 RI children hospitalized after lightning strikes

July 2, 2012
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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Police say strong storms sent three Rhode Island children to the hospital, knocked down trees, caused minor flooding and dropped hail about the size of golf balls.

Scattered outages left about 1,200 National Grid customers without power Sunday evening. That was down to 557 Monday morning.

WBZ-TV reported the children, ages 5, 13 and 14, were hospitalized as a precaution after they were playing outside during a nearby lightning strike. Media outlets reported the children felt "tingly," which police said was the result of being indirectly hit by lightning.

Officials say the three were taken to Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence with non-life-threatening injuries.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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