EL MIRAGE, Ariz. (KSAZ/AP) - Authorities say two teens were seriously injured when struck by lightning while playing in an El Mirage park Wednesday night as thunderstorms pummeled metro Phoenix with rain and strong winds.
Following the strike, one teen became unconscious, and a good smaaritan was performing CPR on him when firefighters arrived.
"The lightning strike, to the best of our knowledge, did stop his heart," said Cpt. Joe Rivera with El Mirage Fire Department. "We assessed him, jumped into action. His heart did start when we did CPR."
El Mirage Police said the two 13-year-old boys were taken to Phoenix Children's Hospital, one in stable condition and the other in critical but stable condition. Police on Thursday said the boy who is in critical but stable condition is in the ICU and is showing signs of improvement.
The storms downed trees and power lines. Sections of several major streets in Scottsdale remained closed Thursday morning and a large tree fell into a Tempe apartment complex's swimming pool.
One teen is in critical but stable condition and another is in stable condition after the two 13-year-old boys were struck by lightning last night in an El Mirage park. https://t.co/BKP8gqnxKU pic.twitter.com/9YRj6sujRP— FOX 10 Phoenix (@FOX10Phoenix) August 9, 2018
Manuel Moreno's surveillance camera captured the tragic strike.
"The two were just walking and you see the bolt come down and just hit them, then they both collapse," said Moreno.
"It is very rare, and to have people struck by lightning in the same spot, that is very rare," said Captain Rivera.