5-year-old boy killed by lightning strike at North Carolina beach identified

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CURRITUCK COUNTY, N.C. — A 5-year-old boy died after being struck by lightning in Currituck County Sunday evening.

WTKR reports that local authorities have identified the boy as Stephen Little, of Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. Chief Ralph Melton, of Currituck Fire and EMS, told WTKR the child was a tourist visiting the beach with his family.

Authorities were called to Carova Beach in the northeast corner of the state shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday in reference to the incident.

The child suffered traumatic burns due to the lightning strike and was in cardiac arrest.

He was pronounced dead at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital in Virginia Beach at about 6 p.m.