Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NEWS: Eight People Struck and One Dog Killed by Lightning on Mt. Bierstadt

In a single terrible storm, eight people and one dog were struck by lightning on Mt. Bierstadt in Colorado's Front Range Sunday June 28, 2015. According to witnesses, a small and brief but intense thunderstorm blew over the mountain at around 11:30 in the morning. Most of the victims received only minor injuries. Three, however, were taken to the hospital. Conflicting reports suggest that perhaps as many as 15 people were impacted by the fierce electricity. The dog, unfortunately, did not survive.

Mt. Bierstadt (right) and the Sawtooth Ridge at sunrise
This horrific tragedy is reminiscent of an event on Wyoming's Grand Teton on July 21, 2010 when seventeen people were struck in one storm, one fatally. This storm was the partial inspiration for Colorado Mountaineering's July 20, 2012 article Surviving the Apocalypse: A Lesson in Fulminology

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