Tuesday, July 18, 2006

When lightning strikes

(photo of lightning strike near Boulder by Commander John Bortniak, NOAA Corps, retired)

Four hikers were struck by lightning as they huddled beneath a tree during a thunderstorm Monday, including a 16-year-old who was resuscitated twice by CPR.

For tips on what to do when lightning is anywhere near you - within a few miles - check out the Colorado Lightning Resource Page by the National Weather Service or the Colorado Division of Emergency Management site.

Carbondale Fire Chief Ron Leach said the 16-year-old was suffering from numbness and tingling and was transported to a hospital in Glenwood Springs. A 22-year-old woman suffered burns on both legs, while the strike left another man’s face bloodied and another person with minor injuries, The Aspen Times reported. Reports said the four were in the Silver Creek area of Lead King Basin, about 4 miles north of Marble.

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