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Raymond James Lightning Strike Injures Fans at Tampa Bay Game

By    |   Monday, 22 Dec 2014 09:34 AM

A lightning strike at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium's parking lot near the end of the NFL game between the Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon injured seven people.

According to WTSP-TV, one person was in critical condition while another sustained non-life threatening injuries. Five other people were treated and released from St. Joseph Hospital, according to the television station.

Tampa Fire and Rescue spokesman Jason Penny told the television station it appeared no one was directly hit by the lightning bolt, but people were knocked to the ground as the lightning flung rocks and gravel from the impact area just after 4 p.m.

One of the injured, Heather Boone, 42, told WFTS-TV that she was walking in the parking lot with her brother-in-law when she was knocked off her feet.

"I was walking to my car after the Packer game and the best I can describe it somebody tried to shoot me from behind because boom I am on the ground, my brother-in-law is right next to me, I look at his face, he's all full of blood," said Boone.

"I had blood running down my face and then just people are running everywhere, toward us, it was like a war zone," Boone added.

Terry Halvorson, who witnessed the lightning strike, told WFTS-TV that people reacted quickly.

"Some had thought rocks flew up and hit them," Halvorson said to the television station. "They were all on the ground and people were putting jackets over them so they didn't go into shock."

Tampa Fire Chief Gregory Reed told WFTS-TV that the lightning victims' ages ranged from 20 to 70.

"The first person we transported out had a loss of consciousness on scene and we transported him first but he was awake, alert and oriented," Reed told the television station.

Rick Davis of the National Weather Service told the Tampa Tribune that the lightning bolt came from a thunderstorm that was not particularly eye-catching.

"We been having a large area of showers with a few embedded thunder storms moving over the area this afternoon," said Davis. "Taking a look at radar, most of the storms were fairly light, some had moderate rainfall. Tracking the warm level cell that produced the lighting strike, on our lighting detection there was just one strike about five miles west of the stadium."

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