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11 hit by lightning in a Paris park, many at child's party

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UPDATE: A Paris fire service spokesman says an off-duty fireman ran immediately to the scene after a lightning strike disrupted a child's birthday party in a park.

Eric Moulin says the fireman saw nine of the 11 victims prone on the ground under a tree at Park Monceau, a popular weekend hangout for well-to-do families in Paris. He said the fireman administered first aid, including heart massages, and helped direct rescuers to the scene.

Moulin says "without his actions, it would have been much worse."

Moulin says six of those electrocuted are seriously injured, including four children and two adults -- and four of them are in life-threatening condition. He says a further five people are slightly injured, including four children and another adult.

He gave the children's ages as around 9 years old.

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PARIS (AP) — A Paris city councilor says at least half a dozen children have been hit by lightning in a Paris park after a sudden storm overtook their birthday party.

Councilor Karen Taieb says 11 people in all were hit by lightning Saturday after seeking shelter under a tree at the Park Monceau, a popular weekend hangout for well-to-do families. Taieb says the precise breakdown of victims is unclear but that most were children.

She said three had been taken to a Parisian hospital. Their condition was unclear.

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