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Lightning strike injures several after Bucs game at Raymond James Stadium

Rick Halvorson of Wisconsin walks around his vehicle Sunday after it was hit by lightning in a parking lot after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ game with the Green Bay Packers at Raymond James Stadium. Seven people were transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital, and others said they would go on their own. “We were about 100 feet away from the car and we saw the pile of people laying around the car,” Rick Halvorson said. “It was loud, very loud.”
Published Dec. 22, 2014

TAMPA — Lightning struck an SUV in the parking lot of Raymond James Stadium shortly after Sunday's Buccaneers-Packers game, sending seven people to the hospital, according to Tampa Fire Rescue.

The first 911 call was received at 4:11 p.m., around the conclusion of the game. Tampa Fire Rescue spokesman Jason Penny said there were no reports of fatal injuries.

Firefighters responded to Lot 14 on the northeast corner of the stadium, Penny said. Lightning struck the roof of an SUV and knocked numerous people to the ground, although no one was believed to have been hit directly. Tampa Fire Rescue said seven people — men and women ranging in age from the early 20s to a man in his 70s — were transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa and were in stable condition. An additional four or five people said they would go to the hospital on their own.

"We were about 100 feet away from the car and we saw the pile of people lying around the car," said Rick Halvorson, a Packers fan from Wisconsin who owns the SUV. "It was loud, very loud."

Lot 14 is at the corner of Himes Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Times photographer Dirk Shadd contributed to this report.

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