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Storm sweeps across fair, leaving injuries

July 23, 1997

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - A fast-moving, powerful thunderstorm that swept through the area Monday night caused between 10 and 15 minor injuries at the Shippensburg Fair, including one man who was struck by lightning, according to fair officials.

The injuries, mostly cuts and bruises, occurred when people were hit with debris carried by the high winds across the fairgrounds in Southampton Township between 10 and 10:15 p.m., said Rick Thomas, chairman of the fair's emergency services committee.

The storm also caused a power outage which contributed to the injuries, Thomas said.

All were treated at the scene, including the unidentified man who reportedly received a "light shock" from lightning, Thomas said.

Fair officials immediately implemented an emergency plan, calling in additional ambulances and emergency personnel to evacuate the fairgrounds and treat those injured, Thomas said.

"It was a very serious situation but it was handled well," he added.

An estimated 1,200 to 1,400 people were at the fair when the storm hit.

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The Shippensburg Fair, in its 40th year, runs until Saturday.

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