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Hail hurts 8 people, kills 3 animals at zoo

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Published: Aug. 6, 2018 at 4:28 PM MDT
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The Latest on a powerful hailstorm that injured people at a Colorado zoo (all times local):

5 p.m.

A powerful storm that pummeled a zoo in southern Colorado with large hail, injuring at least eight people, also killed three animals.

Jenny Koch, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's marketing director, tells The Denver Post that two vultures and a duck were killed during the 15-minute hailstorm in Colorado Springs on Monday afternoon.

The Colorado Springs Fire Department says at least eight people were being treated for traumatic injuries, but additional details were not released. About 3,400 guests were at the zoo at the time.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports the storm knocked out power to nearly 2,000 customers in the area, and heavy rain and debris forced the closure of U.S. Highway 24 west of Manitou Springs.

The Broadmoor Hotel and resort also was pounded by hail, and staff members are assessing the damage.

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4:10 p.m.

Authorities say at least eight people were hospitalized after being hit by large hail at a zoo in southern Colorado.

The Colorado Springs Fire Department tweeted that the victims were being treated for traumatic injuries after a powerful storm passed over the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo on Monday afternoon. Additional details about the victims and their injuries have not been released.

Fire officials were asking that everyone at the zoo remain in place until they can be taken to a reunification center. None of the children attending zoo camp was injured.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports the storm knocked out power to nearly 2,000 customers in the area, and heavy rain and debris forced the closure of U.S. Highway 24 west of Manitou Springs.

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