Children and teachers rushed to hospital after lightening crashes near school

More than a dozen children and two adults have been rushed to hospital after a lightning strike during a dangerous supercell storm.

The flash hit close to where the school kids were playing as emergency services were scrambled to Clinton State School in Gladstone, Australia on Monday.

Paramedics were met with a "tumultuous scene" as pupils claimed to have "tingling limbs".

Queensland Ambulance Service acting senior operations supervisor Greg Christensen said: "The main complaints were anxiety – the kids were pretty wound up after the incident.

"But they were also complaining about tingling to the lower limbs, that was a very common complaint among all of the patients actually.

"The initial scene was a little chaotic. The children were obviously distraught by what had happened.

"It could have turned out very differently. We expected to see burns."

The children, aged between 10 and 12, had been playing in water when a thunderbolt struck between two nearby trees.

Other pupils had been playing on the oval before the flash of lightening, News.Com.Au reported.

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A total of five paramedics rushed to the scene as experts issued a severe thunderstorm warning.

In all 13 students and two adults were taken in for treatment.

About ten minutes after the incident school administrators posted an update on Facebook.

The school wrote: "We are experiencing a severe weather condition. We had a few frightened children with the loud claps of thunder and lightning and have reassured them that they are safe.

"We have asked all students and staff to remain in classes as the storm is near by.

"Our priority is to keep our students safe so we will advise closer to the end of the day if students will be released. Otherwise, students will remain in their classrooms until it is safe to release them."

The kids were taken to hospital as a precaution, according to reports.

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