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Thu, 05/18/2017 08:45 PM Injured man on a bike  0.0  Cohoes NY 
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  on a bike    Bicycle,Outside 
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Wed, 05/17/2017 12:00 PM Injured worker  0.0  Martin County FL 
 USA 
  working on a pool    Outside,Pool,Work 
MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. - A man was transported to the hospital after possibly being struck by lightning in Martin County Wednesday afternoon, according to Martin County Fire Rescue. The incident happened near Ocean Breeze Park construction site. The patient was taken to Martin North Hospital in critical condition. Sheriff Snyder said the man was working on a pool and was possibly holding something metal at the time. The workers told our investigators that there was a flash of light and the boom. Obviously, associated with the lightning strike," said Sheriff Snyder. While we still have to wait for the hospital reports to determine if this was, in fact, a lightning strike, Snyder says it should serve as a reminder of how dangerous lightning can be. If there is a storm approaching, the best time to seek shelter is before the storm is right on top of you because that leading edge of the storm is often times where we see the lightning strikes," said Snyder. Martin County Sheriff's Office, Martin County Fire Rescue and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the incident. Worker injured, near Ocean Breeze Park construction site, possible lightening shock. MCSO, MCFR, OSHA investigating. pic.twitter.com/DQZFrzbKv7  MartinCountySheriff (@MartinFLSheriff) May 17, 2017 Copyright 2017 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Sun, 05/07/2017 12:00 PM Injured woman  0.0  Highlands Ranch CO 
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  near tree with umbrella    Ground Strike,Outside,Tree,Umbrella 
HIGHLANDS RANCH - One woman was killed and another injured by lightning strikes over the weekend. While watching her stepson play baseball in the Arapahoe Youth League's Veterans Memorial Tournament on Saturday, an ER nurse helped a woman injured by a nearby lightning strike. Pauline Parises said the game was delayed because of a storm in the area. She said people took shelter under tents, in cars and in the dugout. However, she said one woman from the opposite team did not. "She was just standing next to a tree," Parises said. "She was standing kind of by herself with a chair and an umbrella." In another incident Sunday, a woman and her horse were killed ear Sedalia, marking the first death of its kind this year. Visit our partners at http://www.9News.com for the complete stories.
Sun, 05/07/2017 03:30 PM Injured teen on horse, 2 of 2  15.0  Sedalia CO 
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  on a horse  N/A  Ground Strike,Horse,Outside 
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) A woman and her horse were killed when lightning struck during a ride Sunday afternoon. A 15-year-old girl is in the hospital. The two were riding their horses down a community bridle trail outside Sedalia and were on their way to meet the deceased's mother when they were hit by lightning. According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, there had been visible lightning in the area prior to the fatal strike. Both the woman and her horse were pronounced dead at the scene. The teen was conscious but in serious condition and was taken to the hospital. At last report, her condition had improved since arriving at the hospital, but authorities didn't release any further information. The sheriff's office has not said if the two victims are related and are not releasing the name of the deceased until more family have been notified. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased during this very difficult time," the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. "We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that while this season is wonderful for enjoying outdoor recreational activities, please remember that lightning/thunder storms can be dangerous and/or fatal. There have been two-plus reported lightning strikes in the Denver Metro area in just the past few days. As a general guideline: if you can hear thunder, then the storm is too close. Seek shelter inside a hard top vehicle with the windows up or a substantial structure with electrical and plumbing. If you do get stranded in the outdoors, do not seek shelter under trees or along metal fences or posts."
Sun, 05/07/2017 03:30 PM Killed Laura Miller, 1 of 2  36.0  Sedalia CO 
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  on a horse  N/A  Ground Strike,Horse,Outside 
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) A woman and her horse were killed when lightning struck during a ride Sunday afternoon. A 15-year-old girl is in the hospital. The two were riding their horses down a community bridle trail outside Sedalia and were on their way to meet the deceased's mother when they were hit by lightning. According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, there had been visible lightning in the area prior to the fatal strike. Both the woman and her horse were pronounced dead at the scene. The teen was conscious but in serious condition and was taken to the hospital. At last report, her condition had improved since arriving at the hospital, but authorities didn't release any further information. The sheriff's office has not said if the two victims are related and are not releasing the name of the deceased until more family have been notified. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased during this very difficult time," the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. "We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that while this season is wonderful for enjoying outdoor recreational activities, please remember that lightning/thunder storms can be dangerous and/or fatal. There have been two-plus reported lightning strikes in the Denver Metro area in just the past few days. As a general guideline: if you can hear thunder, then the storm is too close. Seek shelter inside a hard top vehicle with the windows up or a substantial structure with electrical and plumbing. If you do get stranded in the outdoors, do not seek shelter under trees or along metal fences or posts." DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. -- The woman killed in a lightning strike while horseback riding on Sunday was identified Monday. The Douglas County Coroner's Office said Laura Miller, 36, died in the 7000 block of Rainbow Creek Road in Sedalia after the lightning strike about 3:20 p.m. Sunday. The horse she was riding was also killed in the strike and a 15-year-old female relative of Miller's was injured. Miller was pronounced dead at the scene by fire crews. The girl was found conscious and breathing, and was taken to a hospital in serious condition. Her condition was not updated by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office on Monday. The sheriff's office said the two were riding on a community bridle trail to meet Miller's mother when the strike happened. The sheriff's office said lightning was visible in the area.
Sat, 04/29/2017 12:00 PM Injured person  0.0  Prentiss MS 
 USA 
      Outside 
PRENTISS, Mississippi (WJTV)  A person has been struck by lightning in the Jefferson Davis County town of Prentiss, Mississippi. Authorities with the Emergency Management Agency inn Jefferson Davis county have confirmed the incident to WJTV. The identity and condition of the person has not been released at this time. This is a developing story. More information will be posted as soon as it is available.
Fri, 04/28/2017 12:00 PM Injured man  0.0  Godfry MO 
 USA 
    N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
Friday afternoon, firefighters were called to a Godfrey residence near Humbert road and Roach road in response to a man being struck by lightning. The Godfrey Fire Protection District received the call after a man in his 50s was doing auto maintenance in front of his residence, and a nearby tree was struck by lightning. The man was found conscious when responders arrived, which is apparently atypical for a direct lightning strike. He was taken by ambulance to an Alton hospital for treatment of his injuries where he was also prepared to be taken for further evaluation at a St. Louis hospital. A member of the victim's household placed the 9-1-1 call. (Copyright WBGZ Radio / www.AltonDailyNews.com)
Thu, 04/27/2017 06:30 PM Injured man  0.0  Elk Creek Township PA 
 USA 
  unloading propane tanks    Indirect,Outside,Work 
Thursday Posted Apr 27, 2017 at 7:58 PM Updated Apr 27, 2017 at 9:33 PM By Staff report A man was struck by lightning Thursday evening in the 9600 block of Route 6N in Elk Creek Township, according to Erie County dispatch. The lightning strike happened at about 6:30 p.m. at Inergy Propane, according to dispatchers. Authorities said the man was unloading propane tanks when he was struck by lightning. He suffered a burn mark to a hand, and was conscious when he was placed in an ambulance and taken to UPMC Hamot for treatment.
Thu, 04/27/2017 12:00 AM Injured woman  0.0  Cold Spring KY 
 USA 
  walking with umbrella     Outside,Umbrella 
COLD SPRING, Ky.  As strong storms swept across the Northern Kentucky area Saturday morning, a woman was struck by lightning in Cold Spring. Advertisement It happened in the 3700 block of Alexandria Pike. Authorities said the woman was holding an umbrella while walking outside. The lightning apparently struck her umbrella. The woman claims she felt a tingling feeling, dropped the umbrella and fell to the ground. Witnesses say the woman was shaken up, but appears to be OK. She was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Thu, 04/13/2017 11:36 AM Injured 2 of 2 paintball  0.0  St. Joseph MN 
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  paintball    Ground Strike,Outside,Paint Ball 
Thu, 04/13/2017 11:36 AM Injured 1 of 2 paintball  0.0  St. Joseph MN 
 USA 
  paintball    Ground Strike,Outside,Paint Ball 
TOWN OF ST. JOSEPH -- Two men playing paintball were seriously injured Friday in a St. Croix County lightning strike. The men, whose identities were not immediately released, were taken by ambulance to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with what St. Croix County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Scott Knudson described as very serious injuries. The incident occurred at 11:36 a.m. in a wooded area at Splat Tag Inc., 835 County Road E, in the town of St. Joseph. ... Splat Tag owner Darrin Johnson said the victims were part of a bachelor party that was in the field at the time of a sudden, brief storm that brought a lightning strike. Thank God it wasn't a direct hit, he said Friday. Knudson said burn marks found on the men suggested that a lightning strike had occurred near them. Johnson said he and others at the 100-acre paintball facility inspected the wooded area where the men were found injured, but couldnt find where the bolt struck. He and others at the facility said the deafening report left no doubt that it occurred very close. Knudson said a deputy who was in the area at the time reported significant lightning around the time of the report at the paintball facility.
Wed, 04/05/2017 01:50 PM Injured man  18.0  Santa Rosa County FL 
 USA 
      Indirect 
SANTA ROSA COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR) ⬠Two lightning strikes a little too close for comfort were reported to Santa Rosa County officials in the midst of Wednesday's stormy weather. Midway and Holley-Navarre Fire responded to a call at 1:40 p.m. after a homeowner's water heater caught fire from a lightning strike. The incident happened in Midway in the 1700 block of Lighthouse Point Drive. ADVERTISING Officials say it appears lightning hit a telephone pole, traveled through the house's wall and then hit a wire that hit the water heater. The second lightning incident happened in the 9300 block of Pouder Lane around 1:50 p.m. Officials say an 18-year-old man was indirectly hit by lightning. The man lost feeling in his arm, but told officials that it is coming back. Holley-Navarre Fire, Navarre Beach Fire, Pensacola Beach Fire and Baghdad Fire responded to the scene. EMS unit were canceled because he told officials he did was OK.
Wed, 04/05/2017 12:45 AM Injured 1 of 2 on phone  0.0  Navarre FL 
 USA 
  telephone    Indirect,Indoors,Telephone 
NAVARRE  Three people were struck by lightning early Wednesday afternoon as a series of storms moved through the area. The first incident occurred at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center in Navarre about 12:45 p.m. Two people who were talking on a landline phone were injured when lightning struck the phone line, according to Santa Rosa County officials. They were taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, where they were in stable condition as of 5 p.m., officials said. The second incident happened about 1:50 p.m. at a home on Pouder Lane. An 18-year-old boy was sitting in a metal chair when lightning struck the home. He told responders he was fine and declined to be taken to the hospital. Officals reported the incidents to the National Weather Service in Mobile, Alabama. Meteorologist Cody Lindsey said the Weather Service urges people to go inside when its thundering, and Wednesdays incidents were unusual because they occurred indoors.
Wed, 04/05/2017 12:00 PM Injured boy  0.0  Hairston NC 
 USA 
  waiting for bus    Outside,Parking Lot,School,Umbrella 
RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN)  A North Carolina child was hospitalized after a possible lightning strike Wednesday and several homes near Charlotte was damaged in lightning strikes, reports said. CLICK FOR MORE LIGHTNING DAMAGE PHOTOS WFMY-TV reported that a Hairston Middle School student was holding an umbrella when he was possibly hit by lightning. RELATED: Central NC storms could bring hail, isolated tornadoes tonight, overnight The boy, who was rushed to a nearby hospital, was waiting for his school bus when the lightning bolt hit Wednesday afternoon, the TV station reported. Officials told WFMY that the lightning might have hit the boys umbrella.
Wed, 04/05/2017 12:45 AM Injured 2 of 2 on telephone  0.0  Navarre FL 
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  telephone    Indirect,Indoors,Telephone 
Mon, 04/03/2017 Injured student  0.0  Pensacola FL 
 USA 
  walking     Ground Strike,Outside,School,Walking to Vehicle 
A University of West Florida student was indirectly struck by lightning while walking through a parking lot during Monday's storm. UWF Police Department Chief John Warren said a lightning strike hit the ground about 2 feet in front of where the student was walking near the campus' main entrance. Emergency crews were called to the scene at about noon. The student reported tingling in his hands and ringing in his ears but didn't want treatment, Warren said.
Thu, 03/30/2017 Injured Fernando Perez  0.0  Houston TX 
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      Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A Houston man is still recovering at Memorial Hermann Hospital after being struck by lightning. Fernando Perez spoke with Eyewitness News from his hospital bed. Perez told ABC13 in Spanish, he's grateful to God for his life. He didn't remember much about what happened as he worked on new construction. ORIGINAL STORY: Local man survives lightning strike EMBED MORE NEWS VIDEOS A local man's hat was shredded as he was struck by lightning on Wednesday morning, but he managed to survive the harrowing ordeal. "I'm in a little pain. My body feels sore around my arms and chest but I feel very grateful to God because once more he has shown his power and glory," said Perez. "I don't remember anything until I was in the ambulance. They told me that lightning had hit me but I didn't feel anything when it hit." Perez said he should've taken Wednesday's storms more seriously.
Wed, 03/29/2017 Injured Josh Carnaggio  0.0  Arkansas City KS 
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  inside walmart    Indirect,Indoors 
ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (KWCH) -- A Cowley County, Kansas man says he feels extremely lucky after he was struck by lightning. It happened Tuesday night in Arkansas City. Josh Carnaggio says he was walking inside Walmart when he saw lightning, heard thunder and then felt a sharp pain shoot up his right leg. "There was a pole maybe about 20 to 30 feet from where I was at. It hit the pole, down to the closest ground, which happened to be me," he said. Carnaggio said the next thing he remembers is coming to with people surrounding him. "I remember looking down at the ground. My whole body was nothing but pain. I remember shaking, like uncontrollably, my chest was killing me, having trouble breathing a little bit," he said. Carnaggio was taken to the hospital and checked out by doctors, then later released. With no scars or bruising, Carnaggio says he feels lucky. "I need to start playing the lottery," he said.
Tue, 02/28/2017 02:00 PM Injured 2 of 2  0.0  Raleigh county WV 
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  in a mine    Indirect,Indoors,Mine 
Tue, 02/28/2017 02:00 PM Injured 1 of 2  0.0  Raleigh county WV 
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  in a mine    Indirect,Indoors,Mine 
RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WCHS/WVAH) ⬠Two people are in the hospital after emergency workers said they were struck by lightning in Raleigh County, WVVA reported. The incident happened about 2 p.m. Tuesday at an abandoned mine in Workman Creek. At this time, it is unclear why the men were at the mine. Their names and conditions have not been released.
Mon, 02/27/2017 10:30 AM Injured man  0.0  Wilmore KY 
 USA 
  inside    Indirect,Indoors 
WILMORE, Ky. (WTVQ)  The National Weather Service says a lightning bolt struck a man inside a Wilmore home on Tuesday at about 10:30 a.m. It happened on Barefoot Drive. Wilmore police say an officer stayed at the house until EMS arrived to take the man to the ER. A neighbor tells ABC 36 that the man was able to walk out of his home. No word on his current condition. ABC 36s Melanie Kendall will have a full report on ABC 36 News at 5.
Mon, 01/09/2017 12:00 PM Injured man fishing  0.0  Port Orange FL 
 USA 
  fishing on jetty    Dock/Pier/Jetty,fishing,Ground Strike,Near Water 
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla.  A man was struck by lightning while fishing at the Ponce Inlet Jetty. Claire Metz reports. Advertisement WEBVTT HIS OWN LIFE TORESCUE THE VICTICLAIRE: JAMES CHURCH SAYS HE WASCASTING LIKE THIS MAN WHEN ABOLT HIT HIS FISHING ROD ANDIMPACTED HIM AT SEVERAL POINTSON HIS BODY.THE LIGHTNING WAS COMING FASTAND FURIOUSLY WHEN A LONEFIREFIGHTER RAN TO HIS AID.>> THERE ARE LIGHTNING STRIKESALL AROUND.CLAIRE: ACTING LIEUTENANTFIREFIGHTER JOHN BROOKS SAID HEDID NOT THINK TWICE ABOUTRUNNING DOWN THE JETTY FIRE INTHE MIDST OF THE STORM.>> I DID NOT THINK ABOUT WHATWOULD HAPPEN TO ME, YOU JUSTTHINK ABOUT WHAT ALREADY HAVE ANTO SOMEBODY.I CAN'T LEAVE HIM OUT THERE.>> YEAH, I LOST MY FINGERS.DISPATCHER: YOU LOST YOURFINGERS?CLAIRE: ALONE ON THE JETTYSOMEHOW, THE VICTIM WAS ABLE TOCALL 911 HIMSELF.DISPATCHER: WHAT DO YOU MEANGONE?>> I CAN'T FEEL IT.CLAIRE: THE LIGHTNING HADSEVERELY INJURED JAMES CHURCH,WITH 3 EXIT WOUNDS.JAMES BROOKS WAS GOING TO WAITFOR OTHER RESCUERS, BUT WHEN HEKEYED UP HIS RADIO, HE COULDHEAR THE ELECTRICITY IN THE AIR.>> LIGHTNING STRUCK AGAIN, AND ISAID SIR, WE HAVE TO GO RIGHTNOW.CLAIRE: THE FIREFIGHTER HALFCARRIED, HALF PULLED TO THEVICTIM TO THE AMBULANCE, THENGETTING INTO THE HOSPITAL.A POSSIBLE HERO -- HUMBLE HEROSAYS IT IS ALL IN A DAY'S WORK.CHURCH IS IMPROVING, BUT ISSTILL IN BAD SHAPE.
Mon, 01/02/2017 12:00 PM Injured man  0.0  Santa Rosa County FL 
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  in a tent    Camping,Ground Strike,Tent 
SANTA ROSA COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR) ⬠A Santa Rosa County man was reportedly struck by lightning during Monday night's storm and survived. Captain Gary Yeagley with the Bagdad Fire Department said that was the first time he has ever been on a call for lightning striking a person. He said that evening they had several calls for lightning striking homes, but the call to the Pelican Palm RV Park was unexpected. "I asked him what happened and he said he was in his tent and through the little vent flap, the lightning had come in and struck him," Yeagley said. The man who was struck did not want to be identified. He told WEAR-TV that he thinks the lightning hit his tent before it hit him. He was taken to the hospital to be checked out, but was not injured. He is considered very lucky because of what lightning can do to a person. "It affects your heart," Yeagley said. "It can throw it into spasms, it could stop it." Permanent residents at the Pelican Palms RV Park were surprised to learn what happened to their neighbor. Donna Wolfenden said he should either play the lottery or go to church, if he does not already. "He was being watched over," Wolfenden said. According to the National Weather Service, the odds of being struck by lightning are 1 in 1,042,000. Each year in the United States, about 30 people die and 300 are injured from lightning strikes.
Sun, 01/01/2017 12:00 AM Injured man duck hunting  20.0  Vicksburg MS 
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  duck hunting  N/A  Hunting,Indirect,Outside 
WARREN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) - A 20-year-old Vicksburg man was struck by lightning early Monday as he and three others were duck hunting in the Mahanna Wildlife Management area. Warren County officials say he sustained no major injuries and just suffered a severe headache after the event. He was taken to River Region Hospital in Vicksburg for evaluation. He was hunting with a small hunting party when the strike occurred. His name is not being released at this time. We will update this story as soon as we know more. Copyright 2017 MSNewsNow. All rights reserved. VICKSBURG, MISS. Jonathan Gardner is either one of the luckiest, or one of the unluckiest people, in the world. Whichever one it is might depend on a personal view of the world, but there's no doubt which side of the ledger Gardner thinks he falls on. The 20-year-old Vicksburg resident was struck by lightning while duck hunting on Jan. 2, yet walked away with only "a headache," the knowledge of how close he came to death, and a new appreciation for life. ADVERTISING "It's not too many people that can survive it, and if they do they come out with really horrible injuries. I came out of it with just a headache," Gardner said. "I feel very lucky. I'm really, really lucky. God gave me a second chance." The morning of Monday, Jan. 2, began like hundreds of others for Gardner. He and his best friend, Austin Bond, along with another friend Colton Scariano, left the house around 3:30 a.m. and headed to Mahannah Wildlife Management Area in Issaquena County to go duck hunting. Thunderstorms were in the forecast, but it was nothing the veteran hunters hadn't seen before. As they headed toward their spot, Gardner said they passed a lot of fellow hunters who were also braving what was at the time just a rainy morning. "People were calling me an (idiot) for going out there in a storm. Well, every hole we passed was full so there were a lot of other (idiots) out there, too," Gardner said with a laugh. When they arrived at their hunting spot they sat on a small dirt mound, just a couple of feet apart, talking and watching an early-morning storm roll across the Delta. Just after dawn, their fun duck hunting trip turned into a battle for survival. "About 6:45 we're looking for the birds to come in. Next thing I know, I see something come down about 20 feet away and hit the water, and everything went white," Bond said. "It was light like I've never seen before, and it was followed by a loud crack. That's when I knew it was lightning." A bolt of lightning had hit the water nearby. Although it wasn't a direct hit, it was close enough to send a charge through the water and toward three men. Bond and Scariano were stunned, but unhurt. They were wearing insulated waders that protected them. Gardner was not. His boots and waders were not insulated and he took the brunt of the lightning's fury. "Austin said I looked like I had a seizure. Every muscle in my body was just tensed up and locked in place," Gardner said, slowing his story and becoming emotional about the memory. "All I can explain it as, it was the worst thing I ever felt in my life." The jolt had flipped Gardner over on his stomach, while Bond and Scariano instinctively rolled over to protect themselves. Once Bond got his wits about him, more instinct took over. Bond is a tankerman trainee for Magnolia Marine. As part of his training for working on the river, he'd had some instruction in first aid and CPR. Gardner did not require the latter, but the first aid training helped Bond stay calm as he assessed the situation and figured out the next move. "We got scared, but if we got riled up it wasn't going to do any good," Bond said. Miraculously, Gardner had survived the lightning strike without any obvious life-threatening injuries. He was not burned and was conscious. He was even able to stand up for a moment as Bond and Scariano carried him to a safer location. "He stood up and it was like a newborn baby deer, stumbling all over the place," Bond said. Gardner remembered the immediate aftermath in flashes. "I came to and was holding on to my best friend's leg. My body was shaking real bad and hurting all over. I had a terrible headache in one spot," he said. The group reached a levee and started yelling for help. The closest hunters were several hundred yards away and didn't appear to hear their cries over the rain. Bond started running to his truck nearly a mile away, and as he was coming back another hunter was bringing Gardner to him on a four-wheeler. They transferred Gardner to the truck and started racing back to the hospital in Vicksburg. After reaching the intersection of Highway 61 and Floweree Road, they flagged down a Warren County Sheriff's deputy. Gardner was switched over to an ambulance and taken to Merit Health River Region from there. "I thank God me, Colton and the people in the other field were there to help him," Bond said. "If we weren't there it could've gone really bad, really fast. I'm glad we were there and knew what to do." Gardner felt the same way. "If it wasn't for my best friend Austin I probably would've drowned," he said. One of the most amazing parts of the story wasn't that Gardner survived, it's that he did it with barely a scratch. Exhausted and hurting, he slept until late that evening but went duck hunting again the next morning. "We were grilling that night and cracking jokes," Bond said. "We nicknamed him 'Sparky.'" Although he didn't have any lasting physical scars, Gardner admits he's got some psychological ones from the incident. He got choked up while recounting the events of that morning, and says he's a lot more wary around severe weather now. "I never checked the weather as much as I do now. When they say it's a possibility of thunderstorms, I check the Weather Channel like crazy," Gardner said. "Austin does the same thing. He said after he got back home somebody shot some fireworks and he about jumped off the porch." Even though Gardner has been back duck hunting several times since then, he hasn't been back to Mahannah yet. "They were like, 'Let's go to Mahannah,' and I said, 'No. Let's go somewhere else.' I wasn't ready for that yet," Gardner said. "I went ahead and went (hunting) because I got it from my mom. Don't let it get me down. Do what you love." That's a lesson everyone who was on that dirt mound that day seems to have taken to heart. It wasn't lost on the 21-year-old Bond how close he came to suffering a terrible fate at a young age. "Without a doubt it changed all our perspectives on life," Bond said. "You don't get tomorrow. You don't realize how true that is until you're staring it in the face. It's definitely brought us closer and made us realize you only get one shot at this. Always tell your friends and family you love them. You only get one shot." Gardner, likewise, is still coming to terms with his near-death experience. His answer is to just keep moving forward. "It's hard. I really can't explain it too well. It sucks that this happened, but I have to keep living and keep going. I'm lucky. Not too many people survive something like that," he said. "It hits me hard because I could've died out there. Sometimes I wake up and start crying. I keep my head up high and keep going." Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/news/state/mississippi/article128710569.html#storylink=cpy
Wed, 10/05/2016 01:15 PM Injured ma, 1 of 2  50.0  Bingham Canyon UT 
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  working at copper mine    Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
BINGHAM CANYON, Salt Lake County  Two men are expected to be OK after lightning struck near them while they worked near Kennecott Copper Wednesday afternoon, police said. Emergency crews responded to the report of the individuals possibly being struck by lightning sometime around 1:15 p.m., Unified fire officials said. Kyle Bennett, a spokesman with Rio Tinto Kennecott, said two employees were beginning to stop work due to the weather conditions when lightning struck near them. "They were not directly struck, but there was a strike near them," Bennett said. "Right now my understanding is that they do not appear to be injured as a result of the nearby strike, but we're going to continue to watch and evaluate them to make sure that they're safe and OK." Unified police said the two employees were a 50-year-old man and a 35-year-old man. Both were transported to a local hospital in good condition," police added. Bennett said the company does have an early warning lightning detection system, but he said he wasn't sure if the employees had stopped their work because of it. More information will be added as soon it becomes available. Contributing: Dave Cawley
Wed, 10/05/2016 01:15 PM Injured man, 2 of 2  35.0  Bingham Canyon UT 
 USA 
  working at copper mine    Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
BINGHAM CANYON, Salt Lake County  Two men are expected to be OK after lightning struck near them while they worked near Kennecott Copper Wednesday afternoon, police said. Emergency crews responded to the report of the individuals possibly being struck by lightning sometime around 1:15 p.m., Unified fire officials said. Kyle Bennett, a spokesman with Rio Tinto Kennecott, said two employees were beginning to stop work due to the weather conditions when lightning struck near them. "They were not directly struck, but there was a strike near them," Bennett said. "Right now my understanding is that they do not appear to be injured as a result of the nearby strike, but we're going to continue to watch and evaluate them to make sure that they're safe and OK." Unified police said the two employees were a 50-year-old man and a 35-year-old man. Both were transported to a local hospital in good condition," police added. Bennett said the company does have an early warning lightning detection system, but he said he wasn't sure if the employees had stopped their work because of it. More information will be added as soon it becomes available. Contributing: Dave Cawley
Thu, 09/29/2016 04:24 PM Injured man   0.0  Wellington FL 
 USA 
  walking     Outside 
WELLINGTON, Fla. - A man was rushed to the hospital after being reportedly struck by lightning in Wellington Thursday afternoon, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Captain Albert Borroto. The incident happened at 4:24 p.m. on the 15000 block of Sunnyland Lane, at the Palm Beach Point community. The patient was transported to a local trauma center for treatment. Copyright 2016 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Back to Top SHARE ARTICLE RELATED More West Palm Beach News Read Full Story
Sun, 09/25/2016 12:00 PM Killed Michelle Ann Wolf  37.0  Austin TX 
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  running on trail    Jogging / Running,Outside,Tree 
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) ⬠Investigators say a 37-year-old woman found dead on a trail in Austin had been struck by lightning. The Travis County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday announced a medical examiner determined Michelle Ann Wolfe of Austin died from electrocution by lightning strike. A sheriff's statement says a runner late Sunday afternoon came upon Wolfe's body and called 911. The victim was about a mile from the River Place trailhead. Detectives say a tree limb was down close to the body and some nearby objects were singed. The death has been ruled accidental.
Thu, 09/22/2016 Injured firefighter  0.0  Melbourne FL 
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  opening a gate  N/A  Fence,Fighting Fires,Indirect,Work 
A Melbourne firefighter suffered injuries from an indirect lightning strike that left him with ringing in his ears and the rest of the day off. According to the newspaper Florida Today, Firefighter Steve Roberts was attempting to open a gate at the Orlando Melbourne International Airport when a lightning bolt hit the gate as he attempted to unlock it with a key. Roberts had been driving an engine back to the airports Station 73 after a call when the incident occurred as a strong storm cell passed through the area Monday. The paper reported that Roberts was conscious, but had ringing in his ears and was taken to the local regional medical center to be checked out. He was expected to be back on duty Thursday, according to the paper.
Tue, 09/20/2016 12:45 AM Injured John Bush, 2 of 2  0.0  Morehead City NC 
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  on an aluminum ladder    Ground Strike,Ladder,Outside,Work 
Tue, 09/20/2016 03:00 PM Injured construction worker  0.0  Miami FL 
 USA 
  on 7th floor of building    Construction site,Indirect,Metal,Outside,Work 
A construction worker was struck by lightning Tuesday afternoon and airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital. According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the man was on the seventh floor of a building under construction on Northwest 62nd Street and Seventh Avenue when lightning is believed to have struck a nearby metal object around 3 p.m. The strike was not a direct hit, but electricity ran through him, said public information officer Erika Benitez. Workers at the site said they saw their co-worker get hit while working on the roof, said reports by WSVN Channel 7. For nearly an hour, Miami-Dade Fire Rescues technical rescue unit performed a basket rescue using pulleys and ropes to ease the man down to the ground. Benitez said the rescue was particularly difficult because it was still storming severely, and they had to monitor the man as they were lowering him down from the building. Read more here: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20160810080721_article103035677.html.htm#storylink=cpy
Wed, 09/14/2016 12:45 AM Injured Jason McCarvill  0.0  Morehead City NC 
 USA 
  on an aluminum ladder    Ground Strike,Ladder,Outside,Work 
Two men struck by lightning Monday during a strong storm have been released from the hospital. The men work for Simmons Construction Company in Morehead City and were on a job site at 1513 Front Street when they were hit by lightning around 12:45 p.m. Both were on an aluminum ladder. According to Mandy Jarvis, the girlfriend of Jason McCarvill, who was struck, he was released from Carteret Health Care Monday and sent home. â¬SHe was given the day off,⬝ she said in a phone interview Tuesday. She noted John Bush, the second man struck, was released from the hospital Monday night as well. Both men had been working on the ladder and were gathering tools to come down when the lightning struck, she told the News-Times. â¬SJohn (Bush) has called Jason to thank him for breaking his fall,⬝ Ms. Jarvis said. â¬SThey both are very lucky.⬝ Mondayâ¬"s thunderstorms dumped heavy rain on the western and part of central Carteret County, also causing brief power outages in Newport and Beaufort. According to rainfall amount reports sent to the National Weather Service office in Newport, the heaviest rains fell between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. At the NWS office, 3.05 inches of rainfall were recorded, while a NWS employee who lives just north of Beaufort recorded 2.55 inches at his home. Down East, the rains were lighter, with only .06 inches recorded in the Marshallberg area. While a flood advisory was issued Monday, no reports of severe flooding or storm damage were made to the NWS office. However, Duke Energy Progress reported on its website that about 1,402 Newport area customers lost power around noon, while 27 customers in Beaufort lost power in the early afternoon. The power was restored the same day. The outage left the Newport Elementary and several businesses along Chatham Street without power for nearly an hour. The school had water for toilets and hand washing, and lunch continued as scheduled, according to Tabbie Nance, communications director for the county school system. An onsite generator provided backup power. Ms. Nance said that generator is provided through a partnership with Carteret-Craven Electric Corp. Newport Middle School serves as a designated shelter during county emergencies such as hurricanes. Superintendent Dr. Dan Novey said other schools used as shelters are also equipped with generators during emergencies, however, several schools do not have them because of the expense. â¬SIn an ideal world, schools and other public buildings would be equipped with generators. However, the cost to purchase a generator that would serve an entire school would be very high. And then there is the cost of maintenance and fuel. Many homeowners do not have generators for that very reason ⬠they are costly,⬝ he stated. Dr. Novey added that when severe storms hit the area, the time students and staff are in schools is limited. Those storms often lead to the closing of schools, not because of the lack of electricity, but because conditions are not safe for travel. Previous report BEAUFORT ⬠Two men struck by lightning Monday during a strong thunderstorm have been released from the hospital, according to the girlfriend of one of the construction workers. The men were found on the ground around 12:45 p.m. Monday after they were on an aluminum ladder working on a house under construction at 1513 Front St. According to Mandy Jarvis, girlfriend of Jason McCarvill, he was released from Carteret Health Care in Morehead City Monday afternoon and sent home. â¬SHe was given the day off,⬝ she said in a phone interview Tuesday. She said the John Bush, the second man struck, was released from the hospital Monday night. She said both men had been working on the ladder and were gathering tools to come down when the lightening struck. â¬SJohn (Bush) has called Jason to thank him for breaking his fall,⬝ Ms. Jarvis said. â¬SThey both are very lucky.⬝ The men work for Simmons Construction Company out of Morehead City and were working when the incident occurred. Original report: BEAUFORT - Town fire officials confirm two men were struck by lightning while working on a ladder during a quick storm Monday that dropped ample rain across the county. Emergency personnel arrived on scene at a home at 1513 Front Street just before 1 p.m. and transported two unidentified patients to Carteret Health Care. At least one was conscious, according to officials. Both were said to be on an aluminum ladder at the time of the strike. Their condition remains unknown.Â
Tue, 09/06/2016 06:35 AM Killed Bryan Jennings  66.0  Minocqua WI 
 USA 
  outside home  N/A  Delayed Death,Outside 
MINOCQUA, WI (WXPR) -- Minocqua town supervisor was struck by lightning early Tuesday morning, according to reports from the Minocqua Police Department and town officials. Police received a call at 6:35 a.m. saying a 66-year-old man was struck by lightning outside his home on Tanglewood Court in Minocqua. Minocqua and Woodruff police along with paramedics responded. Minocqua town officials identified the man as Bryan Jennings, a long-time supervisor and Minocqua businessman. Jennings was first taken to Howard Young Medical Center by ambulance. A medical helicopter transfer was ruled out because of the ongoing thunderstorms. Jennings was then transferred by ambulance to St. Claires Hospital in Weston. Medical personnel there directed that Jennings be taken to a Madison hospital burn unit. Details of Jenning's condition are not available at this time. By Ken Krall, WXPR.
Tue, 09/06/2016 12:00 PM Killed Steven Olson  71.0  Manistee MI 
 USA 
  trying to get to cabin    Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside,Tree 
DICKSON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) ⬠Authorities say a 71-year-old Texas man has died after being struck by lightning on a trail in Michigan's northwestern Lower Peninsula. The Manistee County sheriff's department says Steven Olson of La Porte, Texas, died at the scene Tuesday after being struck along the North Country Trail in Dickson Township. TV station WWTV says (http://bit.ly/2bX3XW6 ) the lightning strike was reported as thunderstorms moved through that part of northern Michigan. Olson's friends told investigators that they were trying to get to a cabin. Read more: Texas man dies after lightning strike on Michigan trail - MRT.com: Business http://www.mrt.com/business/ar MANISTEE, MI - A man struck by lightning while hiking the North Country Trail on Tuesday has been identified as 71-year-old Steven Emil Olson of La Porte, Texas. Olson was hiking with friends about 4:40 p.m. on Sept. 6 on a trail from Slagle Creek, east of the Red Bridge Big Manistee Access when he was struck and killed, Manistee County Sheriff's officials said. A hard, driving rain had just started to come down, and witnesses said the hikers had picked up their pace and were trying to get to a cabin nearby. Others in the group said they heard a large crash of thunder and saw a large bolt of fire strike in front of Olson. He fell to the ground. Olson's hiking partner performed CPR for 25 minutes. Rescue workers arrived at the scene, but Olson could not be revived.
Mon, 08/29/2016 12:00 PM Injured Sonya Franklin  0.0  Haltom NC 
 USA 
  fixing dinner    Indirect,Indoors 
A Haltom City mother fixing dinner on Monday evening survived being struck by lightning. Sonya Franklin was in her kitchen when a lightning bolt made contact near her home. She then felt a jolt race up her arm. "As I was stirring it the spoon was touching the bottom of this and it's a metal pan, Franklin said. It blew the spoon over here. Franklin laid down on the floor and her son called her husband. He then called 911. "I was scared I mean, the natural reaction I was scared I didn't know what to do I thought I was gonna have brain damage or something," Franklin said. From 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. there were more than 550 cloud to ground lightning strikes in Tarrant County. Paramedics responded to the location, but Franklin said she felt fine and declined to be taken to the hospital. Franklin said she now has something in common with her father  both were struck by lightning and lived to tell their story.
Sun, 08/28/2016 12:00 PM Killed Gabriel Ramos  0.0  Slaton TX 
 USA 
  in park by lake    Delayed Death,Near Water,Outside,Park 
Slaton lightning strike victim dies A person has died from injuries suffered after being struck by lightning in Slaton on Sunday night. While additional details have not been released, officials in Slaton initially said the person was struck by lightning before 8 p.m., while in the 600 block of West Fisher Street. The person was taken to University Medical Center in Lubbock where he was listed in critical condition. On Friday morning, a UMC representative confirmed the person had passed away. No further information has been released. The lightning strike occurred as heavy rains and cloud-to-ground lightning, moved through the South Plains in a storm beginning that day.
Sun, 08/28/2016 07:50 PM Injured man   0.0  Slaton TX 
 USA 
  in park     Ground Strike,Outside,Park 
SLATON, TX -- Emergency crews were dispatched Sunday evening after reports an individual was shocked in Slaton. The incident was reported in the 400 block of North 13th Street around 7:50 p.m. UMS EMS told EverythingLubbock.com a crew was dispatched to Slaton after an individual was struck by lightning. As of Sunday night at 10 p.m. UMC tells us that patient is in critical condition. The victim was being transported ambulance to University Medical Center in Lubbock. Slaton Fire sent a truck to the scene of the incident and explained that some members of Slaton Fire were sent to Lubbock with the patient. They added that the electrocution happened at a city playa lake in a public park area. Slaton Fire added that Sunday evening has been busy for them, much of the city is flooded with rain water and they have been We will continue to update this article as details become available. (Article originally appeared at EverythingLubbock.com)
Sun, 08/28/2016 07:50 PM Injured man   0.0  Slaton TX 
 USA 
  in park     Ground Strike,Outside,Park 
SLATON, TX -- Emergency crews were dispatched Sunday evening after reports an individual was shocked in Slaton. The incident was reported in the 400 block of North 13th Street around 7:50 p.m. UMS EMS told EverythingLubbock.com a crew was dispatched to Slaton after an individual was struck by lightning. As of Sunday night at 10 p.m. UMC tells us that patient is in critical condition. The victim was being transported ambulance to University Medical Center in Lubbock. Slaton Fire sent a truck to the scene of the incident and explained that some members of Slaton Fire were sent to Lubbock with the patient. They added that the electrocution happened at a city playa lake in a public park area. Slaton Fire added that Sunday evening has been busy for them, much of the city is flooded with rain water and they have been We will continue to update this article as details become available. (Article originally appeared at EverythingLubbock.com)
Fri, 08/26/2016 05:30 PM Killed Fontella Span  50.0  Sarasota FL 
 USA 
  outside     Outside,Taking Shelter,Tree 
SARASOTA  Rattled by the ferocity of a Friday afternoon thunderstorm, nearby residents wandered through Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Cocoanut Avenue Saturday morning, looking in vain for signs of the violence that claimed the life of a 50-year-old woman seeking shelter from the lightning. When Tonya Edwards of Newtown approached a gazebo and confronted a stack of plastic and nylon bags crammed with familiar bedding, clothes and stuffed animals, the loss of a woman she tried to save for the last two years packed an emotional wallop. "I brought her this," said Edwards, sifting through a heap of abandoned garments. "I brought her this." Although first responders at the Sarasota County Fire Department could not confirm the woman's name due to privacy rules, Edwards and others close to the local itinerant culture identified the woman killed as Fontella Span. Fire/rescue crews converged on the scene around 5:30 p.m. Friday as a west-bound storm system pounded the Sarasota-Tampa Bay region with 1,332 lightning strikes, according to a tweet from 10 News meteorologist Jim Van Fleet. The fatal bolt reportedly created a small fire that had to be doused, but the damage was inconspicuous. Span was Sarasota County's first lightning-related fatality since 39-year-old roofer Hermenengildo Diaz Zambrono was struck on July 16, 2014. Manatee County has also seen tragedy recently. Farm hand Fleuridor Kercizan, 47, died after being struck by lightning in June in Myakka City. Cynthia Nimmer gravitated to the scene in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park Saturday morning because she's certain she witnessed the fatal strike from her home on nearby Riverside Drive. "I've seen a lot of lightning in my life but I've never seen anything like that," Nimmer said. "We were standing in the yard and there was this huge shaft of light, with, like, these little fingers shooting out of it. It was like an explosion. Look at me, I'm shivering just talking about it." Nimmer scanned the towering oaks and all three park gazebos and was surprised to find everything looking so normal. "I at least expected to see a black hole in the roof or something like that." In fact, the storms that barreled through Bradenton Friday afternoon did just that to Cindy Lawrence-Benkaim, a resident of the Barrington Ridge neighborhood. "Well," she said of the three holes in her roof, "at least we are all ok. The water pouring into the kitchen hasn't been fun, though. The contractor can't believe a fire didn't start." The National Weather Service puts the odds on individuals getting hit by lightning at 1 in 1,190,000, with 90 percent of those victims surviving. Span's number came up as she reportedly was hurrying from one gazebo to the next, amid a boomer that made Tonya Edwards jump several blocks away: "I said, Lord, please, don't let nobody get hit by that." Edwards said she learned about Span later Friday when an acquaintance at a neighborhood store spread the word. A member of Bible Teachers International, a ministry whose motto is "Gathering the Lost, One Sheep at a Time," Edwards befriended Span two years ago despite the fact that Span was "so mean to me at first." Undeterred by what she described as Span's multiple mental and addiction issues, Edwards was persistent in her efforts to forge a relationship. She gave her clothes, food, a bicycle to replace one that got stolen, and even cash from time to time. "God never gave up on me, so how could I give up on her? Isn't that what we're supposed to do  take care of each other?" Edwards got to know Span well enough to consider her "an awesome lady" who was reluctant to embrace Edwards due to the aroma of street life. "I said, I don't care, you give me a big ol' hug now! And eventually she'd say, 'I love you too!' I would tell her God will take care of her." Edwards last saw Span Friday morning. "She was looking real sad, she was going through something," Edwards recalls. "She needed some help. She didn't have medication, all she had was drugs and alcohol. I remember her saying, 'I'm just so tired, tired, tired.' "I know she's not discouraged anymore. She can rest now."
Fri, 08/26/2016 12:00 PM Injured man, 2 of 2  0.0  Grenada Lake MS 
 USA 
  searching for arrowheads    Beach,Ground Strike,Outside 
Fri, 08/26/2016 12:00 PM Killed Donna Hendrix, 1 of 2  51.0  Grenada Lake MS 
 USA 
  searching for arrowheads    Beach,Ground Strike,Outside 
COFFEEVILLE, Miss.  A Yalobusha County woman is dead after she and her boyfriend were struck by lightning Friday while searching for arrowheads at Grenada Lake. RELATED Kosciusko man charged with capital... Reward up to $22,500 in Durant nun... Man sentenced in Wingfield students... Hurricane Gaston weakens to tropical... 2 arrested in killing of retired Moss... The Yalobusha County Coroner's Office identifies the victim as 51-year-old Donna Hendrix of Coffeeville. Sheriff Lance Humphreys told WTVA-TV that the lighting struck Hendrix near the Bryant boat landing, in the southern part of the county. Hendrix's boyfriend was taken to a hospital. There's no word on his condition. An autopsy will be performed on Hendrix to determine an official cause of death. This is Mississippi's third lightning death, according to the National Weather Service. There have been 31 deaths in the U.S. this year.
Wed, 08/24/2016 12:00 PM Injured Brennan Fisk-Bittner  15.0  Marco Island FL 
 USA 
  leaving beach     Beach,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter 
COLLIER COUNTY - A day at the beach on Marco Island quickly turned into a nightmare Wednesday afternoon. Out of nowhere, storm clouds approached while Lori Fisk-Bittner was on the beach with her three kids. "I just said we gotta sprint, we gotta sprint, we gotta go. Now, now, now!" As the family sprinted off the beach, Fisk-Bittner watched a lightning bolt strike directly next to her kids. "I don't know how to describe it. I was numb; I was scared to death," said Fisk-Bittner. Her son Brennan collapsed face first on the ground. "I noticed I couldn't move, and I was just getting shocked. Then the light just bam, everything went white," Brennan said. Then, Brennan popped up. "My heart was just beating; I couldn't feel anything. I couldn't talk." "He was mumbling, 'I got hit, I'm hit, I'm hit! I can't feel my chest, my heart, my lungs, I can't feel my legs, I can't feel my head, I can't feel my head, it hurts, it hurts!" recalled his mom. The family sprinted across the street to shelter at a 7-Eleven, where emergency crews quickly arrived. "His eyeballs were out of his head. He was shaking, he was- his face was really, really red," Fisk-Bittner said. Brennan was taken to the hospital. Doctors said he was shocked by lightning. The Bittner family's message for anyone who's outside when storms approach? "Anybody that thinks this is a joke, it's not, we're very very fortunate," Fisk-Bittner said. "I'm just happy I'm still here," Brennan said. He was released from the hospital Wednesday night and is doing better, but his family said he has a concussion and has been dealing with headaches since the incident.
Tue, 08/23/2016 05:15 PM Injured correctional officer  0.0  Columbia County FL 
 USA 
  outside     Burnt,Outside,Police Officer,Work 
Tue, 08/23/2016 06:15 PM Injured boy  4.0  Columbia County FL 
 USA 
  playing in water    Ground Strike,Outside,Water 
A 4-year-old boy and a correctional officer at the Columbia Correctional Institute were struck by lightning Tuesday evening in separate strikes in Columbia County, Florida. >> Read more trending stories The correctional officer was struck around 5:15 p.m., authorities said. The officer was outside at the time and received burns to his head. He was conscious when medics and fire rescue personnel arrived. He was transported to Lake City Medical Center for treatment and observation. The 4-year-old boy was struck in the south end of Columbia County around 6:15 p.m. He and his parents were outside underneath a shelter when the storm started. The little boy was playing in water in the rain when lightning hit about 30 feet away. The boy felt the shock and fell to the ground crying. One of the boy's legs was initially purple, so his parents brought him to Fire Station 45, located at 12595 U.S. 441 in Lake City, according to Columbia County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Murray Smith. The boy had no obvious visual injuries to his body. He was taken to Lake Shore Hospital and is in stable condition.
Sat, 08/20/2016 Injured Mark Lyles  0.0  Harrison TN 
 USA 
  on cell phone plugged into charger    Cell Phone,Indirect,Indoors 
HARRISON, TN (WRCB) - UPDATE: A local man's close call with lightning is a reminder for everyone. He was doing something most of us do -- all the time. He was talking on his cell phone while connected to the charger. Mark Lyles didn't think twice when he was on the phone when it was storming outside. Now it is a lesson he will never forget. It was a Sunday phone call with his mom that Mark Lyles will always remember. Walking up the drive way and seen it was storming. I guess I shouldn't have been on the phone, said Mark Lyles. While still on the phone, he plugged the charger into the wall and the next thing he remembers A flash and woke up on the floor that is all I remember. Lightning knocked him out. Only thing I felt was in my leg and hand, it felt like someone shot me with a gun. The jolt from above threw him across the room. I was against the stove, pretty far when I woke up in front of the stairs. Jason Clark with Lifeforce said indirect strikes are more common than a direct strike. Around an object that gets struck like a tree, a tower or building the current follows a conductive path way and impact the patient that way, said Clark. An ambulance took Lyle to the hospital with numbness in his legs and finger tips. It could have been much worse. Neurological damage, brain damage, nerve damage is the number one thing. Cardiac arrest, a heart attack. He can feel his legs again and doctors arent worried about any long-term issues for him. But he can't get over his close call with the Mother Nature. Never in my lifetime, never figured it would happen. Hopefully won't happen again. He wasn't the only one who was struck by lightning Sunday evening; HCEMS has reports of another person struck less than 10 miles away from Lyles home. PREVIOUS STORY: A man is now out of the hospital after he was shocked by an indirect lightning strike Sunday evening on Cooley Road in Harrison. Amy Maxwell said the man was talking on the phone outside during the storm when he was indirectly hit by lightning. HCEMS transported the patient to the Hospital for non-emergency evaluations.
Fri, 08/19/2016 12:00 PM Killed Chad Trover  45.0  Larimer County CO 
 USA 
  near/under trees    Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. -- An Arvada man died after being struck by lighting Friday in the Roosevelt National Forest in northern Colorado. The Larimer County Coroner's Office identified the man as 45-year-old Chad Trover. Investigators say Trover was in the Crystal Lakes/Red Feather Lakes area Friday afternoon when a large storm moved through the area. Trover was standing between a couple trees when he was hit by lightning, the coroner's office confirmed. Trover's daughter, Jennica, talked to FOX31 Denver about her father and provided this statement: "Chad Trover was a one in a million type of guy. He was the most amazing father and is loved by so many. My father was the glue that held the Trover clan together. He could fix everything and anything, his creativity never lacked. He was a man that never stopped and would travel the universe for the ones he loved. Anything that he put his mind, to he did without any hesitation. He would make any stranger a friend and would welcome anyone into his life. He never ceased to make everyone feel welcome. My dad had the biggest heart I have ever known and will ever know. His spirit will live on forever. Dad, you will be missed so so so dearly. You were my rock and my entire world. I know I have the most amazing guardian angel watching over me every second of everyday. I love you dad, and everyone surrounding me loves and misses you so dearly."
Fri, 08/19/2016 12:00 PM Killed Alyson Knenlein  21.0  Presque Isle MI 
 USA 
  sitting on wooden bench  N/A  Delayed Death,Ground Strike,Lifeguard,Outside 
PRESQUE ISLE, Mi (WPBN/WGTU) - A 21-year-old woman was struck by lightning near a lake in Presque Isle. The woman was hurt Friday afternoon at Grand Lake in Presque Isle. ADVERTISING The East Grand Lake Fire Department says there were heavy storms at the time of the lightning strike near the north end of the lake. The Fire Department says the woman was sitting in a wooden swing near a beach house when she was struck. Rescue personnel on scene performed CPR. We're told when she was then taken to an area hospital for treatment and had a heartbeat and blood pressure. The Fire Department says she was flown to another hospital from there but her condition was not immediately known. GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Her classmates at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids say Alyson Knenlein touched them with her drawings and songs and made them better for it. Knenlein died Sunday after investigators say she was struck by lightning while working as a lifeguard on Grand Lake near Alpena. The 21-year-old artist was spending the summer with her grandparents near Presque Isle Harbor. First responders say there was thunder and lightning in the area. Knenlein was found unconscious near the boat house. Within minutes we were on scene, says East Grand Lake Fire Chief Ron Fournier. CPR was in progress by a bystander. The electrical force going through you will stop the heart, but if you can get the heart started again the person has a chance. Paramedics did revive Knenlein and she was flown to Grand Rapids for treatment. She died Sunday. The president of Kendall College of Art and Design released this statement: Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University is deeply saddened by this news. On behalf of the college I would like to extend heartfelt condolences to Alysons family and the KCAD community during this difficult time.
Thu, 08/18/2016 12:00 PM Injured 1 of 4 men  31.0  North Myrtle Beach SC 
 USA 
  surf fishing    Beach,fishing,Ground Strike,Outside 
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF)  Lightning from Thursday afternoons storms impacted four men who were surf fishing on the beach in the 6200 block of Ocean Boulevard in North Myrtle Beach. According to information from city spokesperson Pat Dowling, the four men, ages 31 to 57, were not directly struck by the lightning. However, the lightning struck close enough to the North Carolina residents to render one of the men unconscious for a short period of time, Dowling said. The man was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
Wed, 08/17/2016 12:00 PM Injured DOT worker  0.0  Marion NC 
 USA 
  in a carport    Carport,CPR,Ground Strike,Outside 
WLOS ⬠MARION, N.C. -- A Department of Transportation worker was struck by lightning in Marion, and the 911 tapes from the incident were released on Thursday. "Just one got hit by lightning. There's four of us here. We was under this little shed. And then three of us ran under the house. And as soon as we got over there lightning just hit right beside us and it was like [lightning sound]," the 911 caller, who identified himself as a DOT worker, said. ADVERTISING The man was hit on Jacktown Road on Wednesday. Emergency responders told News 13 he took cover under a carport during a storm, when lightning struck a nearby tree and traveled to him. At first, the DOT worker who called 911 said his co-worker wasn't breathing. "He's got a flat heartbeat, but he's not breathing," the caller said. The dispatcher asked him to ask another DOT worker at the scene to perform CPR. Eventually, he started breathing again. Minutes later, emergency responders got to the scene. They said he had serious injuries, but he was able to breathe and was conscious. According to the worker's manager, the victim is resting comfortably at Mission Hospital. His manager also told News 13 there will be an internal investigation after the accident, which is standard procedure.
Tue, 08/16/2016 12:08 AM Injured student  14.0  Orlando FL 
 USA 
  in parking lot near trees    Ground Strike,Outside,Parking Lot,Tree 
ORLANDO, Fla. - A 14-year-old student who was struck by lightning at Orlando's First Academy has been released from the hospital, according to officials with ORMC. The incident happened Tuesday after a lightning strike sent a shock across the grounds of the school at about 12:08 p.m. during lunch. An Orlando police officer at the school told Channel 9 that the student was shocked while standing in a parking lot and near a tree when the lightning struck. The school released another statement on Wednesday. Yesterday, at approximately 12:00 p.m., The First Academys safety team responded to a student incident on our campus. At the time of the incident, the school campus was experiencing inclement weather. This morning, the mother shared with us that [the student] rested comfortably last night and is doing very well. The doctors werent able to determine exactly what happened yesterday, but we are thankful that he was released from the hospital today. Were hopeful that hell return to school this week. I appreciate everyone at The First Academy for their prayers and love. I would also like to thank the EMS workers and first responders at The First Academy for their wonderful response to yesterdays incident. The First Academy is very thankful for our campus safety team who engaged the student immediately, as well as the professional EMS workers who were on campus within minutes. We are grateful for the lightning alert system that was in place and working properly. As with every student incident on campus, our safety team conducts a thorough review of all safety policies and procedures and their implementation. As mentioned previously, the safety of our students is our highest concern. We will continue to keep our school families updated on our safety policies and procedures through internal communications.  The teen boy who was injured when lightning struck a tree at his school, First Academy, yesterday has been released from the hospital. @WFTV  Lauren Seabrook (@LSeabrookWFTV) August 17, 2016 The teen, who was responsive, was taken by ambulance to Arnold Palmer Childrens Hospital. The teen is stable, officials said. First Academy sent parents a letter explaining that a student was injured during lunch hour, but did not explain why the student was outside. Eyewitness News asked school administrators to point out which tree was hit, but they said for security reasons, its a closed campus. No other information was released. Channel 9 learned the school has two lightning strike detection systems, but school officials wont say if the systems were working when the lightning hit. The technology for the systems was paid for by the Jesse Watlington Foundation. The non-profit has funded lightning detention systems at 40 schools, after its 11-year-old namesake was killed by a strike in 2012. His father and foundation vice president said the first two systems were donated to the First Academy. He believes they were working and registering any lightning within 10 miles. OUC on scene now near a group of trees and power poles. @WFTV pic.twitter.com/6GBw3TVPHZ  Lauren Seabrook (@LSeabrookWFTV) August 16, 2016 This is the statement provided by First Academy. Does not mention lightning. Letter was also sent to parents. @WFTV pic.twitter.com/cQa9S7o4vl  Lauren Seabrook (@LSeabrookWFTV) August 16, 2016

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