Lightning strike at Discovery Cove sends eight to hospital

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Central Florida is the lightning capital of North America. Several people, including tourists, got to experience first-hand a light show when lightning struck near SeaWorld’s Discovery Cove. Three guests and five employees were taken to local hospitals.

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Jason Hammond's avatar

Oh my.


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Glad nobody was killed or seriously hurt. At least the beer is "free" there, I think I'd need a dozen or so after something like that!


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That is my biggest fear as a parks and recreation director in Florida. We have detection systems in our parks but thare are not always fool proof and I have a lot of "fools" who don't abide by the warnings. Considering the amount of lightning we see on a regular basis...it is probably only a matter of time.

Rick_UK's avatar

Crazy story. Thank goodness nobody was killed.


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Mus ta been a shocking experience..........

Vater's avatar

It really is amazing no one was killed. An acquaintance of mine was jogging on the beach in NC and was killed instantly by a bolt of lightning. There were no visible signs that he was struck--it hit his glasses which I guess acted as a lightning rod.

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Seriously, that's scary!

Jeff's avatar

I've seen it hit stuff within a few feet from me while in my car. You wouldn't think that hitting a wood telephone poll would result in a shower of sparks, but it did.

Lightning is not on the radar of things that I fear, but I'm not going to stand in a puddle in a field with an umbrella in Central Florida any time soon either.


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We are "the lightning capital of the world". People are going to get hit....even the ones who aren't finishing up their round of golf. (Watch out for that 19th hole).

Happy that everyone is apparently OK.

I used to be a big hiker in years gone by. We're talking 10 - 15 - 20 miles a day. This was back in the day before smart phones and weather radar apps. I can't tell you how many times I saw lightning hit trees and telephone poles, sometimes not that far from me.

I very quickly learned to appreciate the value of ditches.


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I was sitting in the 4:15 Indiana Jones show at Hollywood Studios when that storm came through. They cleared the show right before the final scene. Host/stage manager indicated that he had to check with the National Weather Service to determine if they could go forward with the finale. Some people in the audience thought it was part of the act. He then announced that the show had to be cut short because of the storm in the area and they cleared the theater. We went to dinner after that. It rained during dinner but was clear when we were done.

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