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Lightning strikes injure at least six people, suspend PGA Tour Championship, officials say

Posted: 6:04 PM, Aug 24, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-24 18:12:06-04
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ATLANTA, Ga. — At least six people are injured after two lightning strikes hit at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta during the PGA Tour Championship, according to PGA Tour officials.

The championship was suspended around 4:17 p.m. on Saturday due to inclement weather. Around 4:45 p.m., two lightning strikes hit.

One struck tree and debris from that strike injured four people, according to a statement from the PGA Tour.

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Fans walk past lightning damage to a tree during a suspension in play due to inclement weather during the third round of the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club on August 24, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

PGA officials say EMTs tended to those fans and two others before transporting them via ambulance. At this time, PGA officials say their injuries don't appear to be life-threatening.

The championship has been suspended for the day and is set to resume on Sunday at 8 a.m.

"The safety of our fans, players and partners is of the utmost importance," PGA officials say.