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PRICES CORNER (CBS) – Four family members enjoying a picnic at their home in New Castle County were reportedly injured by lightning Friday afternoon.

It happened at about 4 p.m. at Cranston Hall Apartments on Old Capital Trail in Prices Corner.

Officials believe lighting may have struck the umbrella the family was huddled under as they ate their dinner by a tree in front of the building.

Ryan Girard, a maintenance worker at the apartment complex, saw the lightning bolt and ran to help the family.

“They were on the ground, completely in pain, screaming. Definitely something I’ve never seen before,” Girard said.
“We helped the woman back to the chair and she said the whole right side of her body was numb.”

The victims, a 30-year-old man, a 28-year-old woman who was reportedly pregnant, and a seven and 1-year-old boy were taken to Christiana Hospital and treated for minor injuries. They are listed in stable condition, according to authorities.

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