Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Fourteen recruits are back safely at Fort Jackson after lightning struck in close proximity Thursday.
About 200 soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment were taking part in a training exercise on the northeast side of Fort Jackson when lightning struck a field around 4 p.m., according to Pat Jones, a public information officer at Fort Jackson.
The lightning reportedly struck about 50 meters from the soldiers, who were standing under a lightning-safe structure.
Those 14 recruits were taken to Palmetto Health Richland for precautionary measures, but were transported back to the base with no injuries. They are all expected to return to duty, according to a Facebook post by Fort Jackson.