Six Children Shocked by Electricity at Amusement Park in Connecticut

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW LONDON, Conn.) — Six children were shocked by electricity on an amusement park ride in Connecticut Tuesday, authorities said, marking the latest in a string of serious incidents at summer attractions.

Police responded to a report of a small child who may have been struck by electricity on one of the rides at Ocean Beach Park in New London just before 2 p.m. When they arrived, police said, they found six victims who had suffered an electric shock.

“Emergency services transported several children to the local hospital, received some type of electrical shock. The most serious injured had some small burns on the palms of his hands from when he touched the metal railing when he was getting off the ride,” New London Deputy Police Chief Peter Reichard told ABC New Haven affiliate WTNH-TV.

The extent of their injuries is unclear.

The ride remains closed while an investigation is ongoing. Officials have yet to determine what caused the electrical surge, police said.

“You’ll see the lights going on and off at different rides behind us because they’re trying to isolate where the electric surge is coming from,” Reichard WTNH at the scene.

Ocean Beach Park's management issued the following statement:

“The safety of our guests is always our number one priority. The Connecticut State Police had been here all afternoon along with local police and the Fire Marshal’s office. We will continue to work closely to find out the answer.”

In other cases this summer, a 3-year-old boy was airlifted to a hospital last week after he was wounded while riding a wooden roller coaster in Pennsylvania. In Tennessee, three girls were injured after falling 35 to 45 feet to the ground when their Ferris wheel cabin tipped over on Aug. 8. And in Kansas, 10-year-old Caleb Schwab was killed on a waterslide Aug. 7.

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California anticipates much-needed rain this week after catastrophic wildfires

California anticipates much-needed rain this week after catastrophic wildfiresGoogle Earth(NEW YORK) -- Ravaged by a slew of deadly wildfires in recent days, northern California is set to get a bit of relief this week in the form of rain.

A storm system is expected to move over the Pacific Northwest later this week and the trailing cold front will most likely bring some much-needed rain to northern California between Thursday and Friday, according to ABC meteorologists.

"It will rain a bit but not enough to fully douse the blazes," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Ken Clark said in a statement Tuesday. "The biggest advantage to firefighters will be the increase in humidity and lower temperatures."

Massive wildfires have charred more than 245,000 acres of land statewide in the past week, killing at least 41 people and destroying thousands of homes, according to authorities.

Firefighters were battling about a dozen wildfires as of late Tuesday evening, although most of them were more than halfway contained.

“The weather today will be warm with low humidity, which will continue to challenge firefighters, but only light winds are forecast,” CalFire said in a statement on Tuesday. “A chance of precipitation is expected to arrive later in the week, bringing relief from the dry conditions.”

The northern parts of the Golden State, which has bared the brunt of the fire damage, is forecast to see an influx of cloudy, cooler and wetter weather later in the week, according to AccuWeather.

Spotter from Los Osos was reporting sprinkles from this high level moisture. Dry at lower levels. Rain evaporates. Also called "Virga" #cawx

— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) October 18, 2017

However, a return of dry air, heat and areas of gusty winds could once again raise the wildfire danger early next week, meteorologists said.

Separately, a band of moisture, referred to as Atmospheric River by weather experts, is currently stretching between Asia and North America. It’s expected to bring several storm systems into many parts of the Pacific Northwest through the rest of the week.

The first of these storms have already hit the Pacific Northwest with wind gusts of between 40 and 74 mph.

A number of wind warnings and flood watches are in effect in the western and northern parts of the U.S. ahead of the storm.

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