Lightning has struck 77 army cadets on a military base in southern Mississippi.

The cadets, enrolled in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg, were all admitted to hospital for precautionary evaluation after a bolt struck during a severe thunderstorm.

Two cadets were transported by ambulance and the rest by bus.

Coming from around the country to the Joint Forces Training  all were “very responsive and in a stable condition”, said Major Deidre Musgrave of the Army National Guard.

The cadets are stationed for two weeks at Camp Shelby, where a simulated forward operating base prepares them for the conditions in Iraq and Afghanistan, Major Musgrave said