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There were 28 lightning fatalities in 2008

Lightning deaths occurred in 19 states. 
Colorado and Florida had the misfortune to lead the nation with 4 fatalities.

No.

Date

Day

State

City

Age

Sex

Location

Activity

Victim

1

1/11

Fri

SC

Aiken

56

F

Outside, near building

Taking a break from work

Brenda F. Baker

2

2/5

Tue

OH

Lewisville

60

M

Open Field

Tending cows

Neil Christman

3

5/22

Thu

AR

Little Rock

17

M

Under tree

Standing outside house

Wendell Piggee

4

5/24

Sat

KS

Vassar

20

M

Under trees

Camping

Nathan Sullivan

5

6/7

Sat

CT

Madison

23

M

Pavilion

Seeking shelter from rain

Mauricio Bugatti

6

6/11

Wed

IA

Curlew

20

M

In yard at home

 

Galen Smith

7

6/14

Sat

PA

Tobyhanna

17

M

Lake

Swimming

Thomas Golden, Jr

8

6/15

Sun

FL

Bristol

6

F

Under Tree

Camping

Faith Pristine Jackson

9
6/20
Fri
MA
Haverhill
47
M
Under trees Hiking in park Ralph Potter

10

6/21

Sat

FL

Choctaw Beach

21

M

In boat on bay

Fishing

Lucas Alford

11

6/21

Sat

FL

Choctaw Beach

17

M

In boat on bay

Fishing

Logan Alford

12
6/24
Tue
RI
Bristol
42
M
On jetty Fishing Edgardo Torres
13
6/26
Thu
OH
Collins
51
F
In yard Under tree walking Debra Meltzer
14
7/3
Thu
CO
Westcliffe
16
M
Outside open Riding bicycle Landon Dillard
15
7/5
Sat
SC
Columbia
19
M
On lake Riding jetski Korey Moore
16
7/6
Sun

VA

Virginia Beach
23
F
On beach Jogging Stephanie Dawn Kirpes
17
7/7
Mon
WI
Watertown
16
M
Family farm   Ben Richter
18
7/7
Mon
NC

Lea Island

16
M
Under beach house Boating-fishing/taking shelter Lucian Ellis
19
7/13
Sun
MS
Centreville
38
M
Under tree Talking with others Keefer Haynes
20
7/13
Sun
FL
Pensacola Beach
25
M
Near Water Seeking shelter from storm, had been on boat (not available)
21
7/15
Tue
TX
Grand Prairie
22
M
Open/near lake Camping, packing vehicle to leave Dexter Leonard
22
7/18
Fri
ME
Standish
22
M
Outside house Retrieving eye glasses Anthony Clarke
23
7/18
Fri
ME
Standish
28
F
Outside house Retrieving eye glasses Krysta Bearor
24
7/24
Thu
CO
Fort Collins
35
M
Under trees   John Szlemko
25

7/24

Thu

CO

Fort Collins

33

M

Under Trees

 

Marc Vernon Richard

26
7/27
Sun
NJ
Sandy Hook
38
M
On beach   Pablo Garcia

27

7/28

Mon

CO

Creede

23

M

Open mountain ridge

Shepherd riding mule

 
28
9/14
Sun
MO
LaDue
49
F
Outside house, under tree Tree branch struck by lightning fell on her Joan Dankner


Lightning Fatalities for 2008 by State

lightning fatalities map, see list above

2008 Lightning Fatality Demographics

State
Gender
Age
Day Of Week
By Month
AR
1
Male 22 (79%) 0- 9 1  ( 4%) Sun 6 (19%)   2008 2007 2006  NORMAL*
CO
4
Female 6 (21%) 10-19 7  (25%) Mon 3 (11%) Jan
1
0
1
0
CT
1
  20-29 10 (36%) Tue 3 (11%) Feb
1
0
0
0
FL
4
  30-39 4  (14%) Wed 1 ( 4%)

Mar

0
1
0
0
IA
1
  40-49 3  ( 11%) Thu 5 (19%) Apr
0
1
3
2
KS
1
  50-59 2  ( 7%) Fri 4 (15%) May
2
5
5
7
MA
1
  60-69 1  ( 4%) Sat 6 (22%) Jun
9
12
10
14
ME
2
  70-79 0  ( 0%)     Jul
14
10
16
18
MO
1
  80-89 0  ( 0%)     Aug
-
9
7
13
MS
1
          Sep
1
5
4
6
NC
1
          Oct
-
2
2
1
NJ
1
          Nov
-
0
0
0
OH
2
          Dec
-
0
0
0
PA
1
          Year
28*
45
48
62
RI
1
                   
SC
2
                   
TX
1
                   
VA
1
                   
WI
1
                   
Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding. * - Known Fatalities to date

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