Lightning strike kills 2 in Fredonia, Arizona

FREDONIA, AZ - Two people are dead after being struck by lightning Tuesday afternoon in Fredonia, Ariz.

According to Coconino County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Gerry Blair, a large group of people were standing at a scenic outlook on Highway 89 about eight miles north of Jacobs Lake, when three people in the group were struck by lightning.

A man and woman from out of the country were struck and later pronounced dead at the scene, Blair said.

A minor was also struck by lightning and knocked to the ground. The boy was treated at the scene for non-life threatening injuries.

The child was taken to the hospital as a precaution. He is not related to the couple that died.

The victims have not been identified at this point.

Fredonia is 200 miles north of Flagstaff.

Experts say there are several safety tips to remember when lightning appears in your area:

--When you first see lightning or hear thunder activate your "emergency plan". Now is the time to go to a building or vehicle. Lightning often precedes rain, so don't wait for the rain to begin before suspending activities.

--If outdoors, avoid water, high ground and open spaces. Also avoid all metal objects including electric wires, fences, machinery, motors, power tools, etc. Unsafe places outdoors include underneath canopies, small picnic or rain shelters, or near trees.

--If lightning strikes nearby, crouch down and put your hands over your ears to minimize hearing damage from thunder, avoid proximity to other people.

--If indoors, avoid water, stay away from doors and windows, don't use the telephone and take off headsets. Turn off, unplug and stay away from appliances, computers, power tools and TV sets.

--Suspend activities for 30 minutes after the last observed lightning or thunder.


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