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Lightening strike injures 5 outdoor workers

Jun 28, 2011 6:35:00 PM - thestate.com
A mid-afternoon lightning strike at Allen Benedict Court, a public housing development on Harden Street, injured five landscape and maintenance workers Tuesday.

Two workers were actually struck by the lightning, and the other three were shook up, said fire department and Columbia Housing Authority officials.

One of the workers struck by the lightning was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, where he was treated and released. The other man struck by lightning did not wish to be transported to a hospital, officials said.

All five workers were resting under or near a large tree on the open Allen Benedict courtyard, a large, open area with a basketball court and some children’s playground equipment on it, when the lightning hit the tree.

“They were there taking refuge from the heat, and the storm came up suddenly,” said Columbia Housing Authority attorney Tim Rogers.

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