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Hail hurts 14 people, kills at least 2 birds at Colorado zoo

AP  |  Colorado Springs (United States) 

A powerful that pummeled a busy zoo with large yesterday injured 14 people and killed at least two animals, authorities said.

Five people were taken to the hospital with traumatic injuries after the short but intense afternoon passed over Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, according to the Springs Fire Department.

Another nine were treated at the scene, but additional details about the victims and their injuries have not been released.

Jenny Koch, the zoo's marketing director, told The that two vultures and a duck were killed by the But Springs Gazette quoted her as saying only one vulture and one duck were killed.

She did not immediately return a phone call yesterday night to clear up the discrepancy.

"It was the size I've never seen before," she told The Post.

"Basically chunks of ice ... It's frightening." Softball-sized hail was reported in the area, but it was smaller at the zoo.

About 3,400 people were at the zoo at the time, and dozens of vehicles in the parking lot were damaged.

The zoo will be closed today so employees can take care of injured animals and repair broken windows and skylights.

None of the children attending zoo camp were injured.

The knocked out power to nearly 2,000 customers in the area, and heavy rain and debris forced the closure of 24 west of Manitou Springs, reported.

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

"It was a significant storm,"said Barry Brown, the hotel's

Forecasters warned that runoff from the rain could cause flooding of small creeks, roads, underpasses and low-lying areas as more storms develop along the Front Range yesterday night.

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 10:15 IST