back to top

Dozens Of Children Hospitalized After Lightning Strikes Paris Park, German Soccer Match

In Paris, 11 people, including eight children, had sought shelter under a tree during a downpour when the lightning struck. It came the same day as lightning hit a children's football match in Germany.

Originally posted on
Updated on

Eleven people were injured, several critically, after being struck by lightning in a Paris park on Saturday, officials said.

Matthieu Alexandre / AFP / Getty Images

The incident came the same day as lightning struck a children's soccer match in western Germany, seriously injuring three adults and forcing the hospitalization of dozens of children.

A video filmed near the park and uploaded to Instagram shows torrential rain falling on the city's streets, with booming thunder following a flash of light.

Instagram: @swrl85

Police said six were taken to hospital in a critical condition, while five others were in a serious condition.

#foudre 1/2 Parc Monceau 8 enfants et 3 adultes ont été touchés par la foudre. 6 personnes sont en urgence absolue 5 en urgence relative

On the same day as the Paris incident, lightning also struck a children's soccer match in the western German town of Hoppstädten, seriously injuring three adults and forcing the hospitalization of 29 children.

In a statement, police said the incident happened shortly after the final whistle was blown.

The 45-year-old referee was subjected to the primary force of the strike and went into cardiac arrest. He was resuscitated through first aid delivered on the scene, before being taken to hospital by helicopter.

Two team supervisors, aged 48 and 47, were hospitalized with serious injuries, police said.

All 29 children, aged between 9 and 11, who had played in the soccer game were taken to hospital as a precaution.

Police said the lighting strike came "out of the blue," with spectators at the game saying the sky was not cloudy at the time.

David Mack is a reporter and weekend editor for BuzzFeed News in New York.

Contact David Mack at

Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.