Eight people were injured when lightening struck at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday, August 16.
According to The Miami Herald, the incident occurred at SeaWorld’s Discovery Cove water park — an attraction where tourists can swim with dolphins — during the afternoon, when three guests and five employees were hurt while standing at the Adventure Photo Shop.
The eight victims were not struck directly by lightening but five of those who reported injury were taken to a hospital as a precaution. The three others were taken to a local urgent care facility.
All of the victims were reportedly conscious and alert following the strike and none suffered life-threatening injuries.
On Tuesday night, two of the employees remained hospitalized.
Florida has been determined to be the state that sees the most lightening annually. WJLA reports, however, that Missouri has actually experienced the largest number of lightening-related fatalities this year. Nineteen people in the U.S. have died so far this year due to lightening, a figure that WJLA notes is “creeping closer every day to the historical average of 55 fatalities per year.”
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