Seven Injured After Lightning Strike at Raymond James Stadium

Published: December 22nd, 2014
By Buccaneers Gab

A lightning strike that hit in a Raymond James Stadium parking lot shortly after Sunday’s Buccaneers game ended sent at least seven people to the hospital, according to Tampa Fire Rescue, Howard Altman of the Tampa Tribune reports.

The patients, who ranged in age from early 20s to a man in his 70s, did not appear to be severely injured and were in stable condition, said Jason Penny, spokesman for Tampa Fire Rescue. He said one person was knocked unconscious.

The lightning bolt struck in Lot 14, apparently damaging the sun roof of a sport utility vehicle near where several people were standing a few minutes after the end of the game between the Bucs and the Green Bay Packers, firefighters said. Lot 14 is near Himes Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

None of the people was directly hit by the lightning bolt, which struck around 4:15 p.m., Penny said. The force of the bolt knocked some people to the ground while others were hit by flying rocks and debris, he said.

One man was temporarily knocked unconscious but was alert by the time paramedics arrived, Penny said.