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Players are called off the field during a lightning delay during preseason action between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 7, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Players are called off the field during a lightning delay during preseason action between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 7, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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DENVER (AP) — Lightning strikes in Denver forced a delay in the Seattle Seahawks’ preseason game against the Broncos.

The Seahawks were lining up at their 10-yard line with a minute, 30 seconds left in the first quarter for Russell Wilson’s second series when the teams were told to retreat to their locker rooms.

Officials announced a lightning strike within the eight-mile perimeter of Sports Authority Field triggered the automatic delay at 7:42 p.m. although it was actually sunny at the stadium at the time.

A minimum delay is 10 minutes followed by a requisite 10-minute warmup.

The Broncos led 7-0 following Ronnie Hillman’s 1-yard TD run that capped a 14-play drive that ate up 9:09. The Broncos’ longest drive in 2013 lasted 7:08.

By Arnie Stapleton, AP Sports Writer (© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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