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Columbus Crew Fan Gets Hit by Lightning

Columbus Crew fan Don Lewis had ran into a portable toilet to take cover when he felt electricity run the through the air. He then overhead someone in the toilet beside him call 911 and report that someone got struck by lightning.

“All of a sudden it was just a bomb that went off,” Lewis told the newspaper. “I knew it was close. The electricity ran through me.”

He said he saw a man lying on the ground when he got out of the toilet.

“He was purple and had his shirt ripped off,” Lewis said.

The man turned out to be an off-duty firefighter and was rushed to the hospital in critical condition with a cardiac arrest.

The game was postponed.

Firefighters said there was a lightning strike outside of the stadium, but it’s not known if the off-duty lieutenant was struck directly, Columbus Fire Department Battalion Chief Tracy Smith said.

She said he was in critical condition in the intensive care unit at the Ohio State Medical Center and that it takes between two and three days to determine the total effects of a possible lightning strike.

Read More: cleveland.com

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