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Man dies after being struck by lightning at Burlington Country Club

WESTAMPTON TWP., New Jersey (WABC) – A 70-year-old man died after being struck by lightning while on a New Jersey golf course on Wednesday afternoon.

Michael Ward, 70, of Florence, was found near the 7th hole of the Burlington Country Club course in Westampton Township at around 3:50 p.m. and was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

At the time of the lightning, isolated pop-up thunderstorms were in the area.

Westampton Township Police said the victim was found under a tree. Detectives believe he was seeking refuge there.

Police also said the tree was struck by lightning first.

Ward is the first death from a lightning strike in the United States this year.

“It was weird,” said neighbor Norm Jones, who lives right next to the golf course.

He says it didn’t really look like a storm on Wednesday afternoon.

“The weather was nice,” he said. “Thunder and lightning with the sun out.”

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AccuWeather found that the greatest number of lightning deaths occurred in July.

Lightning safety

Here are some tips for avoiding lightning injury.

We often say when “the thunder rumbles, comes in”, which is so important.

But if you hear thunder, you’re already within reach, even though that sky is blue because thunderstorms can come so quickly.

So you have to be careful – and now is a good time to think about this lightning safety.

Indoors or in a car is the best place to be.

There is no safe place to be outside.

One of the worst places to be is under a tree.

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