Lightning strikes FFA building in Trafalgar; more than a dozen children evaluated at scene


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TRAFALGAR, Ind. – A Thursday afternoon lightning strike at a Johnson County building resulted in more than a dozen children being examined by medics.

According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched around 12:20 p.m. after lightning reportedly struck the FFA Indiana Leadership Center, at 6595 S. 125W in Trafalgar.

A caller told dispatchers that there didn’t appear to be any serious injuries. However, some adults and children complained of minor pain after being shocked. There were no reports of fires associated with strike.

The sheriff’s office said the building was a smaller wood structure and not one of the main metal buildings.

Sheriff’s deputies responded, as did fire departments from Trafalgar, Nineveh, Bargersville, Needham and Franklin. Medics evaluated the people who complained of being shocked; two children were taken to area hospitals out of “an abundance of caution.”

The sheriff’s office said it didn’t appear that any of the injuries were serious in nature. Investigators originally indicated that 15 children were taken to area hospitals but later clarified the number.

“The children involved were not even sure if they actually felt something or if it was simply a combination of the extremely loud noise and lights,” the sheriff’s office said.

“The general consensus is that the kids experienced some of the loud noise/light/vibration from a nearby lightning strike and jumped to the conclusion that they had been mildly shocked. There’s no evidence that’s what actually occurred,” according to Chief Deputy Andrew Barnhart.

The building was evaluated; investigators said there didn’t appear to be any fire danger for the structure. There was no visible damage to the building.

Editor’s note: The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office initially said 15 children were taken to the hospital but later clarified the number was two.

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