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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Freak Lightning Kills 3

KIEV () -- A rare form of lightning killed three people this week in Ukraine, including a woman and her grandson in their home, officials said Thursday.

The 68-year-old woman was bathing her granddaughter near Cherkasy, east of Kiev, when she and the girl's brother were struck dead by what meteorologists called "ball lightning."

Meteorologists said a similar phenomenon -- in which a cluster of lightning separates from a main strike and travels further on its own -- had killed three people in a field in the same district 15 years ago.