Five kids between the ages of 9 and 16 got a taste of God’s wrath first hand on Sunday while praying in front of large metal cross set on a hill in Santa Maria del Rio:
“The lightning went straight into them and killed them instantly,” local Red Cross chief Eduardo Suarez told the daily El Norte.
Officials in the state of San Luis Potosi were not immediately available to confirm the report, also in the newspaper El Universal.
A photo showed charring on the cross’s turquoise-painted cement base, although the cross was still standing.
Several families had been participating in a midnight ceremony as part of a local religious festival that centers around the cross.
Several other people were also injured by the lightning strike. When contacted by reporters God said he didn’t have a specific reason for the sudden smiting other than the amusement factor it involved. “You should’ve seen the look on their faces when they got here,” God is reported to have said, “It was priceless!”