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Tourist Drops Dead After Grand Canyon Lightning Strike

5 others injured as bolt blasts ground nearby
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2011 2:04 AM CDT
Tourist Drops Dead After Grand Canyon Lightning Strike
The sun sets over the Grand Canyon as seen from the South Rim drive.   (AP Photo/Giovanna Dell'Orto)

(Newser) – A German tourist dropped dead seconds after a lightning strike at the Grand Canyon. Five other people in the woman's travel group were treated for minor injuries when the lightning hit the ground near where the group was standing. The flash didn't appear to directly strike anyone. Rangers were unable to revive the 64-year-old woman, who may have died of a heart attack, AP reports. Rangers warn that people should flee an area if thunder follows a lightning strike by 30 seconds or less, notes the St. George News. (Read more lightning stories.)

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