Lightning Strikes Soccer Fan, Cancels Match

'Like a bomb went off' outside Columbus Crew stadium
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2014 12:00 PM CDT
In a June 24, 2014 photo, a lightning strike.   (AP Photo/Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Blaine McCartney)

(Newser) – Lightning struck an off-duty firefighter last night as he stood in the parking lot of the Columbus Crew's stadium, landing him in an Ohio hospital and canceling the soccer match as violent storms moved through the area. Medical crews revived Stu Tudor, 54, after he was hit, but the Columbus Dispatch reports that he remains in critical condition today. "All of a sudden, it was just a bomb that went off," said a Crew fan who took shelter in a portable toilet. "I knew it was close. The electricity ran through me." He says when he opened the door afterward, he saw Tudor lying on the ground, "purple and had his shirt ripped off." The match was rescheduled for this afternoon.

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