Nine year old boy dies after being struck by lighting during freak thunderstorm in Blackpool

A nine-year-old boy has sadly died following an incident on a football field earlier this evening.

Police were called shortly after 5.05pm today (Tuesday, May 11th) to the fields off School Road, to reports a child had been injured.

Although enquiries are still ongoing, at this time we believe the boy had been struck by lightning.

Emergency services attended and he was taken to hospital, but sadly died a short time later. The boy’s family have been informed and are being supported by officers.

Det Supt Nick Connaughton of Lancashire Police said: “This is a truly devastating incident and our thoughts are wholeheartedly with the family and friends of the young boy, who has passed away, at this very sad and distressing time.”Following our earlier post, the road closures that were in place have now been lifted.