Two dead after lightning strike at Houston soccer complex

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Three people sought shelter under a tree as a storm approached a Houston soccer park on Sunday. Lightning hit the tree, killing two of the people.

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Posted on July 15, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 16 at 10:21 AM

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HOUSTON — Two people are dead and one is injured after lightning struck at a soccer complex in north Houston Sunday afternoon.

Lightning struck the Escondida Soccer Club on Hill Road near W. Hardy just after noon. Hundreds were at the club as bad weather rolled in and people began to take cover.

Instead of going under the pavilion for protection from the storm, the three men decided to sit under a tree.

Harris County Deputy Joe Shriver had just arrived at the complex for his security job and saw the whole thing.

He said it sounded like a bomb went off.

"Nothing I’ve ever seen before in my almost 22 years of law enforcement," said Deputy Shriver. "It hit the top of the tree and it’s just like sparks and fire going all the way down the tree and when it hit the ground it just dispersed out."

Shriver said he watched pieces of bark blow off the tree and one of the victims had burn marks on his feet.

One was confirmed dead on the scene and the other two were transported to Ben Taub, where another victim later died.

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