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Columbia children picked up, slung into woods by tornado

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It's been about two weeks since a tornado swept through Marion County. 

In Columbia, five children were allegedly picked up out of their mobile home by the twister and slung into the woods about 500 feet away, according to family members. The children ages range from one to twelve years old.

“Me and my nephew came here right after the storm hit. We hear the children screaming and hollering in the woods,” said grandfather Clifton Bolten. “We took them to safety and then we came down and looked at the mobile home.”

Bolten said that the children were blessed because they only had minor injuries such as scratches.

The family does plan to move into a new mobile home about three miles south of where they were living when the tornado struck.

“The family is displaced down at the Lampton hub community in a shelter,” said Bolten.

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