Jordan Banks was rushed to hospital with “serious injuries” but died a short time later, police confirmed.
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A young boy who was killed after being hit by a lightning strike has been named.
The nine-year-old was playing on a football field in Blackpool yesterday (May 11) during a heavy storm when the incident happened.
A huge emergency response was issued shortly after 5pm with several police vehicles and an air ambulance attending the scene off School Road, where a child was reported to have been injured.
The boy was rushed to hospital with “serious injuries” but died a short time later, police confirmed.
Officers believe the boy had been struck by lightning, although enquiries are still ongoing.
The boy’s family have been informed and are being supported by officers.
He has been named locally as Jordan Banks, a pupil at Stanley Primary School in Blackpool.
Jordan, the middle child of three, was a massive Liverpool FC fan.
LancsLive reported in January this year how he had received a special message from one of his favourite LFC footballers, James Milner, after he ran a marathon in honour of a close family member who took his own life in 2018.
Earlier today, heartfelt tributes including flowers, football shirts and messages were left at the scene of the playing pitch.
Tributes have also poured in for the youngster across social media.
Spirit of Youth Junior Football Club paid a message of condolence after the tragic incident which happened on their home ground at Common Edge. Jordan was not a player at the club.
A spokesperson for Spirit of Youth Junior Football Club said: “It is with deepest regret that we have to report the news that the young boy who was struck by lightning earlier this evening has sadly passed away.
“The tragic incident happened on our home ground at Common Edge playing fields but it was not during a club training session.
“The young boy was not a Spirit of Youth player, but, Spirit of Youth is a family and we are entrenched in the local community, and we will give whatever support is required to both the family and to those that were with him at the time.
“We would ask that people respect the privacy of the family at this most tragic of times.
“Rest in peace young man.”
Jordan, who played for the Under 9s team at Clifton Rangers Junior Football Club, has been described as “an inspiration to everyone that he met”.
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A spokesperson for the club said: “It is with great sadness and a very heavy heart we announce that the tragic incident yesterday involved one of our own players.
“Jordan of our U9 Bees, tragically passed away yesterday evening doing what he loved. Jordan was a Shining Light and an inspiration to everyone that he met. A strong, determined and courageous young man, who will be missed by everyone.
“The world has truly lost an extraordinary young man, who had done so much good in his community,
“We cannot begin to imagine the grief of the family. Our thoughts, prayers, love and hugs go out to them all and to his teammates, friends and coaches who are devastated by the loss.
“The Club will be working with the FA to support the family and anyone touched by this tragedy and ensure they get the help they need. At this time, whilst we come to terms with this most devastating loss, we will not be making any further comment.
“Fly High Young Man, Sleep Tight and God Bless.”
In a statement issued yesterday, Det Supt Nick Connaughton of Lancashire Police said: “This is a truly devastating incident and our thoughts are wholeheartedly with the family and friends of the young boy, who has passed away, at this very sad and distressing time.”
School Road was shut between Common Edge Road and Midgeland Road but reopened shortly after 7pm yesterday.
An appeal for witnesses and information is underway, police have confirmed.
Anybody with information about the incident, or who witnessed it and has not yet spoken to police, is asked to get in touch on 101, quoting log 1169 of May 11.