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N.H. News Roundup: Lightning strikes N.H. Boy Scouts, Gas prices inch up

Lightning strikes during a rain storm in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, June 22, 2013.  (AP file photo)

Lightning strikes during a rain storm in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, June 22, 2013. (AP file photo)

23 Granite Staters now get to laugh at someone who says, “You’re more likely to get struck by lightning.”

Luckily, nobody was seriously injured last night when 23 Boy Scouts and adults were hit by lightning at Camp Bell Boy Scout Camp in Gilmanton.

Six scouts were taken to the hospital for cardiac monitoring after they sustained minor burns to their chests.

Belmont fire Chief David Parenti said that all 23 people affected had minor burns, but the scouts were “calm and cool” as they were being treated.

Everybody also reported a tingling feeling, Boy Scout spokesman Greg Osborn said.

Fire officials said the lightning struck an area near where the Boy Scouts had gathered under a shelter at the time.

The injured Boy Scouts are between the ages of 12 and 17. The campers were taken to Lakes Region General Hospital, Franklin Hospital, Concord Hospital, Huggins Hospital, and Speare Memorial Hospital.

The adults declined to go to a hospital.

In other news

∎ According to, gas prices in the Granite State have increased six-tenths of cent to $3.48.

∎ Strawberry season may be in a slump, but the Hollis Strawberry Festival will still be held Sunday afternoon.

∎ All charges against James Cheney, who had been charged with aggravated felonious sexual assault by the Weare Police Department, have been dropped.

 Derry residents are voting to consider a new contract for the school district’s paraprofessional and assistants union.

∎ Did you miss out on winning a license at the moose hunt lottery? There’s still the 2013 NH Moose Permit Auction.

 Five New Hampshire faith-based and social groups are planning a “week of action” to protest the detention and deportation of immigrants who have not committed serious crimes.

∎ The Pine Hill Child Care Center is moving out of ConVal High, but it does not yet have a long-term solution for a new home.

∎ Martha Roveda has been named the next director of Intown Manchester.

 Connor Greenleaf and Tom Hixon are just two quarterfinalists at the 2013 New Hampshire Golf Association Junior Championship at Campbell’s Scottish Highlands in Salem.

∎ There’s still no casino in Salem, but Rockingham Park will be hosting the headline fight on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” this weekend.

∎ The Fisher Cats’ Marcus Walden threw a complete game shutout in a 7-0 victory over Harrisburg on Sunday afternoon.

(Have ideas for the roundup? Reach web editor Kevin Deane at 369-3302 or email him at Follow him on Twitter, @CM_KDeane.)


GRAPHICS: Lightning strikes N.H. Boy Scouts at Camp Bell

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The in-cloud strikes are color-coded in magenta, the cloud-to-ground strikes are in yellow. Typically, there is far more in-cloud lightning than cloud-to-ground lightning. All of the lightning data comes from the Earth Networks Total Lightning Network. The network is made up of hundreds of sophisticated lightning sensors across the country and is the largest network for detecting both cloud-to-ground and …

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