NINGBO, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- A group of tourists ended on a tragic hiking in east China's Zhejiang Province on Saturday afternoon when one of them was charred alive in a lightning strike.
Another 16 tourists sustained burns when the bolt hit the crowd when they were seeking shelter from a thunderstorm, local authorities said Saturday.
The accident happened at 1:23 p.m. on the top of the Jiufeng Mountain in Beilun District in the coastal city of Ningbo when the group were climbing the mountain in a thunderstorm, according to the district government.
The injured are being treated in local hospitals. The identity of the tourists is to be verified.