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Lightning strikes hospitalise 71 at German festival

An archive photo of a lightning strike. Credit: Florian Gaertner / DPA / PA

Lightning strikes have hospitalised 71 people at a rock festival in Germany.

The festival, held at a former airfield near Mendig in western Germany, about 62 miles west of Frankfurt, is one of the most popular in the country.

Performers this year include Tenacious D, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Black Sabbath.

A number of those hospitalised have been discharged again.

– Mayen police spokesman Lars Brummer

Germany, along with France and Belgium, has been hit by severe storms and heavy flooding in recent days.

Stunning images of lightning on earth - captured from space

A lightning storm on earth is captured by astronauts in space Credit: European Space Agency

Astronauts orbiting the International Space Station witnessed the awesome sight of a raging lighting storm on earth.

This timelapse was made from 49 images taken 400 km above Earth by an astronaut travelling at 28,800 km per hour.

The European Space Agency's Nightpod camera made it possible to capture near perfect, crystal-clear images.

They were taken back in 2012, but have only just been released by ESA.