Blackpool boy struck by lightning while playing on football field

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School Road in Blackpool remains closed
School Road in Blackpool remains closed

A boy has been rushed to hospital with serious injuries after being struck by lightning on a football field.

Police were called to the field on School Road, Blackpool, shortly after 5pm today (May 11) to reports that a child had been injured.

Officers say enquiries are ongoing but at this time they ‘believe the boy had been struck by lightning’.

He has been taken to hospital where he remains in a serious condition.

The age of the boy has not been released.

School Road remains closed in both directions between Common Edge Road and Midgeland Road.

Motorists are being advised to avoid the area.

A Lancashire Police spokesperson said: “We were called shortly after 5.05pm today (Tuesday, May 11th) to a football field on School Road, Blackpool, to reports a child had been injured.

“Although enquiries are still ongoing, at this time we believe the boy had been struck by lightning.

“He has since been taken to hospital, where he remains with serious injuries.

“Road closures are currently in place and we would ask that people avoid the area and motorists find alternative routes where possible.

“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 11th.”