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Two men severely injured in apparent Annapolis lightning strike

Two men suffered life-threatening injuries in an apparent lightning strike in Annapolis Wednesday night, Anne Arundel County fire officials said.

The men, an 18-year-old and a 24-year-old, were found unconscious in the 100 block of River Drive about 8:45 p.m. after a report of a lightning strike, said fire department Lt. Jack Beall.

At the time, thunder and lightning storms were passing through the Washington area.

The men were taken to the Anne Arundel Medical Center in critical condition, Beall said.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.

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