Two Kennecott workers suffered minor injuries Thursday afternoon after lightning struck in the pit where they were working.

About a half-dozen workers were doing "exploration work" on top of a ridge on the southwest portion of Kennecott's property, said Unified Fire Authority Capt. Jay Fearnley.

About 1:30 p.m., lighting struck the ground near where the people were working. Although the lightning did not hit anyone directly, the energy from the blast threw them 20 to 30 feet, Fearnley said.

Two men suffered cuts and bruises. One was taken by medical helicopter to a local hospital, mostly because a helicopter could reach him faster than an ambulance, Fearnley said.

The second man started walking down the mountain and came across rescuers who were on their way up to get him.

Both men had non-life-threatening injuries, Fearnley said.