Lightning hits tree at Saratoga, but no one is hurt

People look at damage moments after lightning struck

People look at damage moments after lightning struck a large tree on the grounds of Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs shortly after the last race of the day, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (Credit: AP / Patrick Dodson)

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Lightning splintered a large oak tree in Saratoga's backyard about 50 yards from the front gates on Wendesday at about 5:45 p.m. Pieces of the tree flew at least 50 feet in all directions, but a security guard inside the grounds said there were no injuries.

It was raining lightly at the time when the incident occurred about half an hour after the day's final race. Had it happened 30 minutes earlier, there might have been spectators in harm's way.

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