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  • A 70-year-old man was killed in a lightning strike on a New Jersey golf course on Wednesday.
  • His death marked the first lightning fatality in the United States this year.
  • On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that the U.S. had never made it this late into the year without recording a lightning fatality.

A 70-year-old man was killed in a lightning strike on a New Jersey golf course on Wednesday, marking the first lightning fatality in the United States this year.

Michael Ward was found unconscious at the seventh hole of the Burlington County Country Club in Westampton, N.J., at 3:47 p.m. He was pronounced dead while still on the scene.


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According to NJ.com, Police Chief Stephen P. Ent said, “It was evident from the scene that the male had been struck by lightning.”

There had been pop-up thunderstorms in the area at the time.

Ward’s death is the first lightning fatality in the U.S. this year. On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that the U.S. had never made it this late into the year without recording a lightning fatality.

In 2020, 17 lightning fatalities were reported in the U.S.


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Published on Jun 10, 2021