Lightning is killing fewer Americans than ever

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida – Like most nonfatal lightning strikes, the one outside the Aventura Mall was not a direct hit. The bolt of electricity struck the victim's umbrella, entered through his hand and left through his foot.

"The gentleman holding the umbrella sustained significant electrical injuries, but his outcome was very good," said Dr. Randy Katz, medical director of emergency services at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Fla., who has treated about half a dozen lightning...

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