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Teen hospitalized after lightning strike
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Forsyth County News
A 14-year-old boy who was struck by lightning during Tuesday night’s thunderstorms remained hospitalized Wednesday.

Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said the incident occurred about 7:30 p.m. off Jot-Em-Down Road in north Forsyth.

The teenager, whose name has not been released, had just finished riding off-road motorcycles with two friends when the lightning struck the group, Shivers said.

He said all three were knocked to the ground by the strike, but only the 14-year-old remained down.  

When the other two boys found that the teen was not breathing and had no pulse, Shivers said, they called for help and began CPR. 

They were still trying to revive him a few minutes later when firefighters arrived and took over.

Emergency workers took the teen to Northside Hospital-Forsyth, from where he was later transferred to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Shivers said.

Other than the lightning strike, Shivers said the county seemed to have escaped the worst of the storms.

Firefighters responded to a few other lighting strike calls Tuesday night, but there were no structure fires. 

He said the department also assisted Alpharetta firefighters as they battled four blazes that happened about the same time.