Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Video: Florida airport worker survives lightning strike

Posted By on Wed, Aug 2, 2017 at 2:38 PM

A ground worker was released from the hospital this week after being struck by lightning at Southwest Florida International Airport.

Surveillance camera footage, which was initially shot two weeks ago and just recently released by the airport, shows 21-year-old Austin Dunn getting thrown back from the jolt while standing next to a Sun Country Airlines plane.

According to WFLA, Dunn, who worked for a subcontracting company that does under-wing handling, suffered third-degree burns all over his body, but was released from the hospital Tuesday, Aug 1.

Florida not only leads the nation in lightning strikes (20.8 strikes per square mile), we also lead in lightning strike-related deaths, with more than double as many as the next highest state (Texas).

In 2016, nine people were killed by lightning in Florida, and since 2007, 54 people have been killed, according to the The New York Times.

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