Woman struck by lightning in Ham Lake park

HAM LAKE, Minn. - A woman has been hospitalized after being struck by lightning in a Ham Lake park on Saturday afternoon.

Emergency responders were called to Lion's Park at 15544 Central Avenue at about 2:50 p.m. Witnesses said the children were in the middle of a game when the bolt of lightning hit.

"It came on so quick and so powerful that, you're like, wow," said Jen Henderson, who along with her 13-year-old son, saw the strike first-hand.

"We heard a big boom and we collapsed on the ground," she said. "We saw a big flash of light behind us and there was a girl laying on the ground."

Deputies said they discovered a 48-year-old Dayton woman. She was struck by lightning near a tree.

"Umpires were running towards her. Coaches were running towards her. They dragged her out of the way and started doing CPR. They were doing CPR on her until the first responders arrived," Henderson said.

Deputies and paramedics took over the woman's care and found that she had no pulse and was not breathing. Paramedics were able to resuscitate her as they were taking her to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.

The woman remains hospitalized and her condition is unknown.

Storms began moving into the Twin Cities Metro area early Saturday afternoon. The weather was not considered severe, but it was creating a series of lightning strikes.

Crews in Ham Lake also responded to a fire call for an apparent lightning strike. The home is located in the 2300 block of 145th Lane Northeast.

The homeowner told KARE 11 that he heard a loud crack of thunder and then smelled smoke. Firefighters said that the damage was contained to the roof of the home, but that it still caused a considerable amount of damage.

Nobody was hurt.


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