Sunday, August 31, 2003

Woman survives lightning strike

Bolt hits at football game

By Dan Klepal
The Cincinnati Enquirer

AURORA, Ind. - A Dearborn County woman was resting at home Saturday, just hours after being struck by lightning in the parking lot of South Dearborn High School as she was leaving a football game.

Candice Dahline of Aurora was treated and released from Dearborn County Hospital Friday night after lightning struck a light pole in the school parking lot as she was walking toward her car. Some residual electricity shot off the pole and struck her in the upper body.

"The (light) pole was grounded, so most of the lightning went into the ground," said Thomas Dahline, Candice's husband. "But some came across and struck her. She's real tired, and her shoulders and the bottom of her feet are sore. But aside from that, she's doing real good."

Mrs. Dahline was knocked to the ground by the electricity and went into convulsions for several minutes. Mr. Dahline said his family feels extremely lucky that the incident wasn't more serious, and he vowed it would not dampen their enthusiasm for high school football.

The Dahlines were at the game with their son, who has friends on the South Dearborn team. The game, which was halted because of inclement weather, was scheduled to resume Saturday night.

On average, lightning kills about 100 Americans a year, more than from any weather-related event other than floods, according to the National Severe Storms Laboratory.


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