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Irish golf fan among six injured after lightning strike in US

A number of people were injured after two lightning strikes hit trees on the course.

Updated Aug 25th 2019, 1:44 PM

AN IRISH GOLF fan was among six people who were injured after lightning struck trees at a golf tournament in the US on Saturday.

Four fans were injured after two lightning strikes hit trees at the PGA Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, showering debris over nearby fans.

Paramedics treated the four spectators, while two other injured fans also received treatment before being hospitalised.

“Our latest report is that their injuries do not appear to be life-threatening,” the PGA Tour said in a statement.

A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs said it is aware of the case and providing consular assistance.

Dramatic slow motion footage of the incident screened by NBC television showed a lightning bolt hitting a large tree near the fans before bursting into flames.

The lightning strikes hit the course shortly after players had been removed for safety reasons as storms rolled into the area.

Play is set resume on Sunday at 8am local time (12pm GMT).

“The safety of our fans, players and partners is of the utmost importance,” the PGA Tour added.

With reporting from - © AFP 2019

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