A family of four apparently escaped serious injury when lightning struck near them on Saturday night, knocking all four to the ground.

The victims were among those who were at Walters Park in Phillipsburg for a Little League all-star baseball game, which was stopped when severe weather moved in around 8 p.m. Witnesses said one of the boys had played in the game, and the family was headed to their car when the incident occurred.

"I saw the flash come down and I saw all four of them go down and hit the ground," Eric Hart, one of several people who went to the family's aid, told The Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for a story posted on its Web site. "Everyone was real panicked."

Phillipsburg police Sgt. Shawn Carmody told the newspaper that the lightning apparently hit the ground near the family and they absorbed the shock. He would not release their names, but said none of them had burn marks.

All four were conscious after the incident, but were unable to get off the ground, Carmody said. They were being treated at area hospitals, but further details on their injuries were not immediately available Saturday night.

"They don't remember (the incident)," Carmody said. "They know they're out there, and next thing they know, they're under (the pavilion)."