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Eight people injured as lightning strikes German rock festival

AP, MENDIG, Germany

Visitors to the music festival Rock am Ring are pictured during a heavy downpour in Mendig, Germany, on Friday.

Photo: AFP

At least eight people were hospitalized on Friday after lightning struck a rock festival in western Germany, police said, the second straight year lightning has injured fans at the Rock am Ring festival.

Police spokesman Lars Brummer said that rescuers had to revive one person who was struck by lightning at the popular festival near Mendig.

Brummer said a severe thunderstorm had moved over the festival site at a former airfield shortly after 8pm on Friday evening. He said organizers warned festival-goers to seek shelter during the storm.

Spiegel magazine, citing police, reported on its Web site that “many” people were injured, but that it was unclear exactly how many were hurt or how badly.

Brummer said the festival has since resumed.

Last year, at least 33 people were injured when lightning struck the festival twice.

Tens of thousands of rock fans attend the event annually. US band Tenacious D was scheduled to play on Friday evening, with the Red Hot Chili Peppers performing yesterday.

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