Lightning strikes on Saturday injured more than 40 in Europe, including children playing at a popular park in Paris and attendees at a children’s soccer game in Germany. In Paris’ Park Monceau, a surprise spring storm prompted adults and children attending a birthday party to seek shelter under a tree. Eleven people, including eight children, were injured when lightning struck.

An off-duty fireman rushed to the scene after the strike, and found nine of the 11 prone under the tree, according to Paris fire service spokesman Eric Moulin. Six of the wounded were in serious condition, and four suffered life-threatening injuries. READ MORE