Boy dies after being struck by lightning during freak thunderstorm in Blackpool

A boy has died after being struck by lightning during a freak thunderstorm in Blackpool this evening.

Police officers and an air ambulance were seen on the football pitches at the end of School Road in Blackpool at around 5.15pm today, shortly after a sudden thunderstorm hit the area.

A police spokesman said: “We were called shortly after 5.05pm today, Tuesday, May 11, to a football field on School Road, Blackpool, to reports a child had been injured.

“He has since been taken to hospital, where he remains with serious injuries.

It is believed the boy was taking part in a one on one training session with the Spirit of Youth FC when he was hit by lighting.

The boy has since passed away after suffering serious injuries.