Teen hurt after lightning strikes tree outside school

Posted at 6:29 AM, Aug 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-17 06:29:58-04

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A teenage student is recovering in a hospital after lighting struck a nearby tree at an Orlando school during lunchtime.

Orlando Fire Department spokeswoman Ashley Papagni said in a statement that the 14-year-old student was shocked Tuesday afternoon at The First Academy while standing in a parking lot near the tree.

Officials say the unidentified teenager was conscious when paramedics arrived. He was taken to a local hospital in stable condition.

WFTV-TV ( ) reports that the school has two lightning strike detection systems. School officials did not say whether the systems were working when the lightning hit.

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