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21 children taken to hospital after storm hits Edmonton camp

Twenty-one children were taken to hospital after a thunderstorm ripped through a camp in northeast Edmonton Tuesday night.

Minor injuries at Our Lady Queen of Peace Ranch

Paramedics move an injured child into an ambulance at Our Lady Queen of Peace Ranch on Tuesday night. (CBC)

Twenty-one children were taken to hospital after a thunderstorm ripped through a camp in northeast Edmonton Tuesday night.

The storm swept through Our Lady Queen of Peace Ranch at around 9:30 p.m., knocking over tents.

"There's been some scrapes and bruises, cuts and abrasions, that sort of thing for injuries," said District Fire Chief Darrell Dublanko. "There hasn't been any significant injuries, life-threatening or anything like that."

The camp is in a valley and the storm whipped through in a matter of several minutes, Dublanko said.

About 200 children were at the camp at the time. All have been accounted for and have been moved inside the main building.

"They're happy and have their sleeping bags inside now, instead of in the tents," Dublanko said.

According to the website, the camp gives children who face physical, mental, financial or emotional challenges a chance to experience the outdoors.

 

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