Saturday, August 20, 2011

Bryce Canyon Lightning Death

A man from Hamm, Germany was tragically killed by a lightning strike while hiking the Rim Trail near Sunset Point at Bryce Canyon Thursday afternoon.  

We have discussed lightning safety in a previous post, but we didn't discuss a human element that sometimes plays a role at National Parks and other outdoor areas where there are larger concentrations of people.  In particular, we all have a false sense of security when others are around and tend to go with the crowd when it comes to decision making.  Don't let a crowd opting to stay outside dissuade you from taking safety measures if you hear thunder or lightning is nearby.  

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