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UPDATE: Lightning Hit Sends 77 Cadets To Mississippi Hospitals

UPDATE: A spokeswoman for Camp Shelby says two Air Force Reserve cadets have been taken to a hospital by ambulance and 75 others by bus after a lightning strike at the southern Mississippi base.

Army National Guard Maj. Deidre Musgrave says reserve cadets from around the country were at the Joint Forces Training Center for a two-week training stint.

She says all were responsive and stable after the lightning hit about 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

Camp Shelby near Hattiesburg is the nation's largest state-owned military training center. Its 136,000 acres cut out of southern Mississippi's rolling hills and pine forests includes mock cities designed to look like Iraq and Afghanistan to give soldiers realistic training.

Soldiers and airmen from around the country train there each year.

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CAMP SHELBY, Miss. (AP) - Hattiesburg hospitals say they are awaiting 77 soldiers who were near a lightning strike at Camp Shelby in southern Mississippi.

Forrest County General Hospital officials did not have information about their conditions. A spokeswoman for the base says there were no fatalities and all personnel were responsive and stable after the strike on Wednesday.

Maj. Deidre Musgrave said those hurt were Air Force cadets. They were being taken to the hospitals for examination after the lightning strike at about 2 p.m.

Camp Shelby is a joint forces training base near Hattiesburg.

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