Multiple people struck by lightning outside Tampa Bay Buccaneers game
TAMPA, Fla. — Between five to seven suffered minor injuries as the result of a lightning strike outside Raymond James Stadium on Sunday just as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers game ended, according to Tampa Fire and Rescue.
The Associated Press reported that officials with Tampa Fire Rescue say seven people have been taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
Spokesman Jason Penny says it doesn't appear anyone was directly struck by the lightning. He says the lightning did, however, kick up rocks and gravel and knock a few people down. It struck shortly after 4 p.m. ET.
The incident happened in parking lot 14 on the north side of Raymond James Stadium.
All of the victims were being taken to St. Joseph's Hospital. An additional 4 or 5 people stated that they would go to the hospital on their own.
There were no other injuries reported and no fatalities.
Ages of the patients range from early twenties to a man in his seventies.
Contributing: WTSP-TV in Tampa.