A nine-year-old boy has been killed after being struck by lightning on a football field.
Police were called to the scene in Blackpool, Lancashire, just after 5pm on Tuesday night to reports a child had been injured.
Emergency services attended and the boy was taken to hospital but died a short time later.
A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “Although enquiries are still ongoing, at this time we believe the boy had been struck by lightning.”
The boy’s family have been informed and are being supported by officers, the spokesman said.
Det Supt Nick Connaughton added: “This is a truly devastating incident and our thoughts are wholeheartedly with the family and friends of the young boy, who has passed away, at this very sad and distressing time.”
Junior football club Spirit of Youth confirmed the freak accident occurred at their home ground.
In a statement the club said they are “heartbroken” by the death of the boy, who they added was not taking part in a club training session.
A club spokesman said: “It is with deepest regret that we have to report the news that the young boy who was struck by lightning earlier this evening has sadly passed away.
“The tragic incident happened on our home ground at Common Edge playing fields but it was not during a club training session.
“As a club, we are heartbroken and we offer our deepest condolences to the boy’s family.
“Spirit of Youth is a family and we are entrenched in the local community, and we will give whatever support is required to both the family and to those that were with him at the time.
“We would ask that people respect the privacy of the family at this most tragic of times.
“Rest In Peace young man.”
Road closures were put in place in the immediate area but were later lifted.
Anybody with information about the incident, or who witnessed it and has not yet spoken to police, is asked to get in touch on 101, quoting log 1169 of May 11.