Two people are dead and another is injured after lightning struck a north Houston soccer complex Sunday, KHOU reports.
The Escondida Soccer Club was packed with hundreds of people when the lightning hit just after 12 p.m.
As the severe weather rolled in, people began to seek shelter. However, three men decided to take cover underneath a tree instead of joining the rest of the people under a nearby pavilion, KHOU reports. Lightning struck the tree, killing one of them instantly and injuring the others.
Harris County Deputy Joe Shriver was just getting to the athletic complex to begin his security detail when the lightning struck. He said it sounded like a bomb went off.
Shriver said it was like "Nothing I’ve ever seen before in my almost 22 years of law enforcement."
"It hit the top of the tree and it’s just like sparks and fire going all the way down the tree and when it hit the ground it just dispersed out," he added.
One of the victims reportedly had burn marks on his feet and Shriver told KHOU he saw pieces of bark explode off the tree.
One of the men was declared dead on the scene while the other two men were transported to Ben Taub. A second victim later died at the hospital.