Fans Struck by Lightning Outside Stadium Following Packers vs. Buccaneers

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 21, 2014

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As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were on the verge of a 20-3 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, fans outside Raymond James Stadium were reportedly struck by lightning.

ABC Action News in Tampa posted a photo of medical crews on the scene and reported that five-to-seven people were injured:

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#BREAKING: Tampa Fire Rescue responding to a possible 5-7 people struck by lightning at Raymond James Stadium. http://t.co/OLB7S4cA0O

ABC 7 in L.A. received confirmation from the Tampa Bay police department. 

Chris Fischer of WTSP 10 News in Tampa shared a photo from the scene, revealing damage to a nearby car:

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Lightning strike outside Raymond James Stadium cracking the glass on this roof #10News http://t.co/1bT47ieg4Z

On Monday, Caitlin Johnston of the Tampa Bay Times updated the statuses of the seven victims who were sent to the hospital:

Two of the seven people injured by a lightning strike after Sunday's Buccaneers game remain hospitalized, one in critical condition and the other with non-life threatening injuries, officials said Monday.

All of the victims were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa after lightning struck an SUV in parking lot 14 of Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Fire Rescue said.

Five were treated and released Sunday night, St. Joseph's Hospital spokeswoman Nancy Gay said. One is in critical condition and the other has non-life threatening injuries. The ages of the patients range from the early 20s to a man in his in 70s.

According to WTSP 10 News, the strike occurred on the north side of the stadium, and it's currently unclear whether the lightning hit the fans directly or if they felt the effects of a bolt near the area.

The extent of the fans' injuries was also unknown, with all six being treated at nearby St. Joseph's Hospital.


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