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Lightning strike at Ebb and Flow First Nation sends 13 to hospital

Thirteen people were sent to hospital and another 12 were assessed by paramedics after lightning struck a Manitoba community during a powwow Friday night.
Thirteen people were sent to hospital and another 12 were assessed by paramedics after lightning struck a Manitoba community during a powwow Friday night. Darren Thompson / Submitted

More than a dozen people were sent to hospital Friday evening after a bolt of lightning struck at a powwow on Ebb and Flow First Nation.

A spokesperson with Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) said that, during the event, a large canopy or tent blew over.

“I noticed that the tipi blew over then lightning hit a centre pole, it was bright,” said Darren Thompson, a witness to the lightning strike. “There was a pink flash and it was pretty loud.”

“When people rushed to pick it up, there was a lightning strike,” a spokesperson said in an email to Global News.

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“Emergency Medical Services triaged 25 people on scene. PMH can report that 13 people were sent to nearby Ste. Rose General Hospital last (Friday) night with varying injuries.”

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By Saturday morning, all were treated and released from hospital.

Ebb and Flow First Nation is about 250 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg, close to Riding Mountain National Park.