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Lightning hits Saratoga Race Course

No one hurt as tree 'explodes' in backyard

A tree struck by lightning fell on the Backyard Dogs n' Brews tent by Saratoga Race Course late Wednesday afternoon.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
A tree struck by lightning fell on the Backyard Dogs n' Brews tent by Saratoga Race Course late Wednesday afternoon.
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Just 15 minutes after the final race Wednesday at Saratoga Race Course, lightning struck a large tree and sent dangerously large chunks of wood flying into the still-crowded backyard portion of the grounds. The falling debris destroyed a dozen picnic tables, damaged the Backyard Dogs n’ Brews tent and littered the grounds. Yet not one person was injured. “You can replace a tree. You can replace a picnic table. You can replace a hot dog ...

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