Lightning Strikes Woman Inside La. Grocery Store

By Priyanka Tilve

Jul 16, 2013 12:25pm

A Louisiana woman was in the checkout line at a Rouses Supermarket in Houma yesterday when she was hit by a lightning bolt from out of the blue.

Lakeisha Brooks, 33, was struck by lightning around 2 p.m., Houma police say. “The victim received injuries to her left leg and right foot which appeared to be burn marks,” the police said in a statement.

Brooks was taken to Terrebonne General Medical Center where she was treated and released. Police say her condition is improving.

“Obviously, inside the store, she couldn’t have been directly hit,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Shawn O’Neil. “It had to come through electronic equipment.”

According to the statement, lightning was “conducted through the sprinkler system, and struck a metal plate on the floor, striking the victim inside” the store.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association says lightning can travel through electrical, phone, plumbing, and radio/television systems. It can also travel through wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.

The odds of being struck by lightning in your lifetime are 1 in 6,250, according to the National Weather Service. Since 2008, 60 people have been killed and 340 injured by lightning strikes in the United States.

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