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Boy, nine, 'is killed by lightning': Tragedy as youngster 'is hit in Blackpool'

A nine-year-old boy has died after reportedly being struck by lightning on a football field in Blackpool.

Police were called to the sports pitch on School Road at 5.05pm following reports a child had been injured.

Officers said enquiries are ongoing but it is believed the youngster was hit by a lightning bolt.

The boy was found with serious injuries before being rushed to hospital but he later died.

A nine-year-old boy has died after reportedly being struck by lightning (pictured today) on a football field in Blackpool

Police were called to the sports pitch on School Road at 5.05pm following reports a child had been injured

Officers said enquiries are ongoing but it is believed the youngster was hit by a lightning bolt

The boy was found with serious injuries before being rushed to hospital but he later died

A police spokesman said: A nine-year-old boy has sadly died following an incident on a football field shortly after 5.05pm today.

'Although enquiries are still ongoing, we believe the boy was struck by lightning. Our thoughts are with the boy's family at this sad time. School Road has reopened.'

Police officers and an air ambulance were seen on the football pitches, shortly after a sudden thunderstorm hit the area.

A rapid response vehicle, an air ambulance van and four police vans were still at the scene around 6.30pm.

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