Guest @ CP struck by lightning

Wednesday, June 8, 2005 6:33 PM
As reported over on Pointbuzz, a guest has been struck by lightning in the parking lot at Cedar point. There is going to be more info on channel 11, in Toledo. *** Edited 6/8/2005 10:39:17 PM UTC by Grady***
Been going to the Point for over 30 years and still love it!!!!!!!!!!!
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Wednesday, June 8, 2005 6:47 PM
I certainly hope this person is OK. Seems odd to me, however. It would seem that the chance of being struck in a parking lot would be rather slim, but, I think the cars are all shielded by the tires, thus forcing the electrons up something else...like a really unlucky person.
Fever I really enjoy the Simpsons. It's just a shame that I am starting to LOOK like Homer.
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Wednesday, June 8, 2005 6:48 PM
Mamoosh's avatar THIS JUST IN: Six Flags will now strike every guest by lightning as they walk their parking lots, thus trumping Cedar Fair once again.

"Six Flags -- The Highest Voltage Lightning Strikes on the Planet!"

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Wednesday, June 8, 2005 6:52 PM
OMG.....CP IS SO DANGEROUS>>>...>>. TAER IT DOWN!!!!!

Seriously, I hope the person is ok!


Real Cbuzz quote of the day - "The classes i take in collage are so mor adcanced then u could imagen. Dont talk about my emglihs" - Adamforce
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Wednesday, June 8, 2005 6:52 PM
Mamoosh's avatar As do I...but I couldn't resist a bit of fun.
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Wednesday, June 8, 2005 6:56 PM
There was just an article on BoingBoing yesterday about survivors of lightning strikes.

http://www.boingboing.net/2005/06/07/slate_surviving_a_li.html

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Wednesday, June 8, 2005 7:00 PM
Wasn't someone struck by lightning in the parking lot of another park a few years back? For some reason PKI comes to mind, but I am also think PKD and SFA.
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Wednesday, June 8, 2005 7:04 PM
Yup. PKI.
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Wednesday, June 8, 2005 7:08 PM
Strange. You would think the bolt would hit one of those tall parking lot lamps (or the pole) before hitting a person.

I hope they are alright.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2005 7:09 PM
Mamoosh's avatar CP ads maXair after PKI adds Delirium, now they're striking guests with lightning after PKI did it first! How unoriginal ;)
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Wednesday, June 8, 2005 7:11 PM
This probably would not have happened if they left the rides open. The guest would not have been in the dangerous parking lot.
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Wednesday, June 8, 2005 7:36 PM
Are you being sarcastic?

Kyle Says: Diamondback was a lot of fun! Made his first time at Kings Island worth it all!

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Wednesday, June 8, 2005 8:06 PM
Yes. Buy a sense of sarcasm, man.
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Wednesday, June 8, 2005 8:08 PM
Well how am I supposed to know, when I think people are being sarcastic they are serious, when I think they are being serious they aren't, and when I try and politely clarify the discrepancy I get told off too. Any real solution to the issue besides buying a heaping can of sarcasm?

Kyle Says: Diamondback was a lot of fun! Made his first time at Kings Island worth it all!

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Wednesday, June 8, 2005 8:19 PM
I think this just might be a sign..i sure hope more bad luck isnt coming to CP soon
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Wednesday, June 8, 2005 8:28 PM
No, I was serious. They should keep the rides open during a thunderstorm to keep people out of the parking lot. ;)
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Wednesday, June 8, 2005 8:49 PM
People have said dumber on here.;)

Kyle Says: Diamondback was a lot of fun! Made his first time at Kings Island worth it all!

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Wednesday, June 8, 2005 8:51 PM
They were probably being sarcastic. ;)

Well, actually....maybe not. :)

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Wednesday, June 8, 2005 8:56 PM
Right. Everyone knows that sitting atop a several hundred foot hunk of metal is a much safer place than walking through a flat parking lot.

Actually, with the lightning absorbtion systems (read: a well grounded ride and a big lightning rod on top) on some of the rides, I wonder if it'd really be all that big a deal.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2005 8:59 PM
THe thing people don't seems to understand about electricity and lightning in particular is something known as the "path of least resistance".

While you have alot of steel in the air around an amusement park, steel is not the best conductor when compared to the human body.

This is one of the reasons that you see barns and farms with multiple lightning rods on them. They are trying to create a lower potential to ground to protect the livestock and animals on the farm and attract any strike that may happen.

Lightning is actually the #2 weather realted killer in the world. Second to floods.

From 1959 till 2003, 3,696 people in the US have died from lightning stikes and thousands more injured. Interesting note, more people are struck by lightning in Florida than any other state. Of the 3,696 people killed, 425 were in Florida.


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