A nine-year-old boy has died after apparently being struck by lightning on a football pitch in Blackpool, police said.
Blackpool Police officers were called on Tuesday shortly after 5 p.m. to fields near School Road after reporting that a child had been injured.
Emergency services came and the boy was rushed to hospital but died soon after.
Police said, although investigations are ongoing, the boy is believed to have been struck by lightning. The boy’s family have been notified and are being supported by agents.
In a statement posted online, the Spirit of Youth Junior Football Club said: “It is with deep regret that we have to announce the news that the young boy who was struck by lightning earlier this evening has sadly passed away.
“The tragic incident happened on our home ground at the Common Edge playing fields, but it was not during a club training session. As a club, we are heartbroken and offer our deepest condolences to the boy’s family.
“Spirit of Youth is a family and we are anchored in the local community, and we will provide all the necessary support to both the family and to those who were with him at the time.”
Lancashire Police Detective Superintendent Nick Connaughton said: ‘This is a truly devastating incident and our hearts go out to the family and friends of the young boy, who died, at this very sad and sad time. annoying.
Road closures in place following the incident have now been lifted. Anyone who has information about the incident or has witnessed it and has not yet spoken to the police are asked to contact 101, citing newspaper 1169 for May 11.