All ROTC cadets back training at Camp Shelby - - Jackson, MS

All ROTC cadets back training at Camp Shelby

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CAMP SHELBY, Miss. (WLBT) - A spokeswoman for Camp Shelby says no one was injured when lightning hit a power pole near tents for Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets.

Maj. Deidre Musgrave says a total of 78 cadets were sent to hospitals to be checked after the lightning strike Wednesday afternoon at the training base. Lt. Col. Jim Ainsworth, the base director of training, says the action was ordered as a precaution.

Musgrave says hundreds of college ROTC students from around the country were at the Joint Forces Training Center for two weeks of training.

Three cadets were in closer proximity to the lightning strike and exhibited minor symptoms of electric shock -- one of which received a slight burn on his wrist. They were transported by ambulance to Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg.

Seventy-four cadets were evacuated by bus and one by van for medical evaluation. All of the cadets were released from the hospital and returned to duty late Wednesday night.

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.

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