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Showing posts with label News. Show all posts

2/08/2015

17-pound gold nugget found [PHOTO\VIDEO]

17-pound gold nugget found [PHOTO\VIDEO], Picture it! China, 2015. You are walking along and practically stumble over a 17-pound (7.85 kilograms) gold nugget. Such a occurrence would probably have to be considered improbable at best.

However that is exactly how it played out for one farmer in the Xinjiang region of China.

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The lucky sun-of-a-gun Kazak herdsman, Berek Sawut, from Qinghe County in Altay Prefecture made the incredible find around 5 p.m. last Friday. The estimated price for such an extraordinary discovery, assuming the nugget is 80 percent pure (Nuggets are usually 80 to 90 percent pure), is a handsome 1.6 million yuan (255,313 U.S. dollars) based upon the latest gold price.

The Xinjiang region has over 600 gold mines in operation; last year they produced a combined lode of gold equaling 20 tons. The Examiner reports about the Altay region of China and its “golden” history.

While Sawuk indicates he has not been contacted by any government representative over the ownership of the nugget, JobsnHire reports that the 17-poud gold nugget may legally be the property of the state due to current to Chinese law.

1/30/2015

Pitbull-Dachshund mix [PHOTOS\VIDEO] seeks adoption WTF?

Pitbull-Dachshund mix [PHOTOS\VIDEO] seeks adoption WTF? - No, you are not seeing things. The photo and video below is an actual Pitbull-Dachshund puppy.

A link was forwarded to us from Country Living into our mailbox. "Wanna See What A Pitbull-Dachshund Mix Looks Like?"

Hmmm, OK... CLICK!

What we happened upon after clicking the link was quite probably the weirdest dog ever screwed into existence.

Do not try to figure out why or how? Just enjoy his adorable little feet and his cute ginormous head.

Credit: Moultrie Colquitt County Humane Society
Meet Rami.

Credit: Moultrie Colquitt County Humane Society
 There's even a video of him.

Credit: Moultrie Colquitt County Humane Society

 And, guess what?

Credit: Moultrie Colquitt County Humane Society

 He's up for adoption according to the Moultrie Colquitt County Humane Society's Facebook page.

Here's his bio:

Hi! I'm Rami and I'm looking for my forever home. I'm a year old Dachshund/Pit bull mix. Yes, you're reading that right, and, no, you haven't gone crazy. I'm full of energy. I don't like walking on a leash. I'm a sweetie pie, and love to run. I don't listen very well, so you'll need to take some time to train me. Because I tend to be a bit hyper, I might not be the best addition to a household with little kids. But I'm sure that all I need is a little lovin'. Will you take me home?

We sure are hoping this cutie-pie finds a home soon.


1/27/2015

Yeti Seen Prowling Streets [PHOTO\VIDEO]; Boston's abominable snowman

Yeti Seen Prowling Streets [PHOTO\VIDEO]; Boston's abominable snowman, Boston residents, there is news that is bigger (and possibly even stronger) than the snowstorm: There's a yeti at large, and it has access to the internet.

That's right, someone wearing a Yeti outfit is walking the desolate streets and took to Twitter -- @BostonYeti2015 -- writing about ill-fated efforts to hail a taxi and wishes for “everyone to be safe.”

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The person wearing the mythical creature costume was seen roaming the cold and empty streets of Somerville, Massachusetts, leaving a trail of footprints in the snow.

The Yeti, also referred to as the abominable snowman, is said to inhabit the Himalayas. But for the blizzard of 2015, the creature found itself prowling the streets of the Boston suburb, seemingly at home in the drifting snow.

Greek air force F-16 crashes [PHOTOS, RAW-VIDEO], 10 ten dead and 13 injured

Greek air force F-16 crashes [PHOTOS, RAW-VIDEO], 10 ten dead and 13 injured, A Greek Air Force F-16 crashes in Spain, causing at least 10 ten deaths and 13 injuries.

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The Greek Air Force F-16 crashed on takeoff on Monday afternoon in south-eastern Spain, according to the Spanish Ministry of Defense. Both pilots of the jet died in the crash.

"At the moment we have ten people dead and 13 injured," said the spokesman adding that among the wounded seven have serious injuries. 7 of those hurt were Italian.

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The fighter plane, which was due to take part in NATO training exercises, crashed to the ground upon takeoff at Los Llanos airbase.

Based on initial reports, there were no U.S. personnel killed but an unknown number were treated for minor injuries, said Air Force Lt. Col. Vanessa Hillman, a Pentagon spokeswoman.

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Los Llanos serves as one of the bases for NATO forces' training, where pilots hone their skillsets.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he was "deeply saddened" by the crash.

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"This is a tragedy which affects the whole NATO family. I express my heartfelt condolences to the loved ones and the nations of those who lost their lives, and I wish a speedy recovery to the injured," he said in a statement.

"The plane was taking part in an exercise in the framework of NATO's Tactical Leadership Program, which aims to improve multinational cooperation in air operations," Stoltenberg said.



1/22/2015

Alien-Like Terrifying Frilled Shark Captured [PHOTOS\VIDEO] Off Australia

Alien-Like Terrifying Frilled Shark Captured [PHOTOS\VIDEO] Off Australia, A rarely seen part-shark,  part-eel hideous hybrid known as a frilled shark was captured off the coast of southeastern Australia in December

The species is considered a "living fossil," and its ancestry reportedly dates back 80 million years.

South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association


The shark was caught by a fishing trawler in waters near Lakes Entrance in the Gippsland region of the state of Victoria.
South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association


Captain David Guillot of the Western Alliance, told Fairfax Radio he didn't quite know what to make of the three-foot-long fish that the Australian Broadcast Corporation said was "deeply unpleasant to look at."

South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association

The creature is so rare that no one in southeastern Victoria can even remember seeing — let alone catching — the beast in the past decades, The Examiner reports.

Australia's national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), confirmed the fish to be a frilled shark.

AZ Central News reports that these powerful creatures can measure as much as 6-feet long or more, and have ancestors that date back to prehistoric times.

Frilled sharks can usually be found in cool waters, Mark Meekan, a shark biologist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, told the Sydney Morning Herald

"There are usually three main spots it is found, in waters off New Zealand, near Japan and along the coast of the British Isles, down through Spain into northern Africa," Meekan said. "However, there are some maps that show distributions that encompass the Victorian coast."

Man bulldozes wifes home [PHOTOS\VIDEO] in Middletown

Man bulldozes wifes home [PHOTOS\VIDEO] in Middletown, A man from Middletown, New York, rented a bulldozer from a local construction company and leveled the house that he lived in with his wife.

The modest 900-square foot ranch home on Woodland Avenue in Middletown, New York has been reduced to a pile of rubble. The man, James Rhein, did so without telling her or getting the proper permits, police said.

Rhein, 48, told WCBS-TV that the ranch-style house in Middletown is -- or was -- a "community asset." Yet real estate records show Rhein's wife, Diane Andryshak, as the sole owner, and cops say she didn't give permission to demolish it.

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Rhein said he attempted to call her before beginning the demolition but she didn't pick up; all items left in the house when it was destroyed were replaceable, he said.

Steve Belfiglio called his former neighbor both a "nice guy" but a "loose cannon."

"He bulldozed all her clothes in there. Washer, dryer, furnace, hot water heater, everything was still in there," Belfiglio said. "In fact, her medication was still in there."


Rhein has been charged with felony criminal mischief, and police say that is not likely to be the end of it. He was released on $300 bail Monday.

Officer proposes to girlfriend [VIDEO] during a bogus traffic stop

Officer proposes to girlfriend [VIDEO] during a bogus traffic stop, After receiving some help from his fellow officers, Galveston cop Gregory Parris pulls off an elaborate wedding proposal.

Sara Wolff, of Galveston, Texas, was pulled over recently by a different police officer as part of an elaborate proposal.

The cruiser dash cam video shows the patrol car with sirens blaring stopping Wolff's vehicle. That officer informs Wolff she has a broken taillight and that she also has warrants that are outstanding.

Little did Wolff know that Parris, was watching the scene unfold from his squad car.

The unwitting Wolff begins to cry.

Parris then drives up and approaches his girlfriend. Her tears turn to laughter as he gets down on one knee, offers up a ring and asks her to be his bride.

"I can't imagine being proposed to any better than that. It was perfect for us," Wolff (who said yes!) told KHOU-TV.

This is not the first time that a traffic stop proposal made headlines. Last January, WMUR-TV reported that cops in New Hampshire had helped Matt Van Vliet propose to his girlfriend, Samantha Labo.

1/21/2015

[PHOTOS\VIDEO] 3D-printed apartment building Constructed

By Tashi Singh

[PHOTOS\VIDEO] 3D-printed apartment building Constructed, Chinese construction company WinSun has used a 3D printer to produce buildings.

After printing 10 homes at a cost of just $5,000 in 24 hours in March of 2014 using a mixture of ground industrial and construction waste as the material, WinSun achieved another incredible milestone: printing a five-story apartment building.

CNet reports that WinSun also printed a 12,000 square foot mansion in an industrial park. The company seemingly emerged from nowhere and surprised everyone.

WinSun managed to 3D print the entire apartment building, consisting of 6 stories, as well as an impressive house.
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These structures were unveiled at the Suzhou Industrial Park, of east China's Jiangsu Province, and the apartment building alone features a structure which is approximately 1,100 square meters in size.

Using a machine which measures a massive 20 feet tall, 33 feet wide and 132 feet long, the team at WinSun started with a basic CAD drawing which they fed to the staggering 3D printer that was able to create the structure piece-by-piece using a specially formulated and patented ‘ink’.

The ink includes construction waste like concrete, fiberglass, sand, and a special hardening agent. The walls and other pieces of the structure were constructed offsite with a diagonal reinforced print pattern, which were then shipped in and pieced together.

WinSun then placed beam columns and steel rebar within the walls, along with insulation, reserving space for pipe lines, windows and doors.



Worst passwords of 2014 list

By Ann Warren

Worst passwords of 2014 list, For the fourth consecutive year, SplashData announces its list of the 25 most common passwords found on the Internet.

The incredible amount of times they are used makes them the "Worst Passwords" & will expose anyone to being hacked or having their identities stolen.


SplashData's yearly list of the worst passwords shows we tend to be kinda lazy about the whole “digital security” thing. The 2014 top 25 passwords represented about 2.2% of passwords exposed. Football, baseball, 696969, Batman and Superman are all new to the list.

Just take a look at the  list:

1. 123456
2. password
3. 12345
4. 12345678
5. qwerty
6. 123456789
7. 1234
8. baseball
9. dragon
10. football
11. 1234567
12. monkey
13. letmein
14. abc123
15. 111111
16. mustang
17. access
18. shadow
19. master
20. michael
21. superman
22. 696969
23. 123123
24. batman
25. trustno1

To make matters worse, many of these bad passwords have been on the worst-passwords list for years, making hacking whatever they are supposed to protect seem like childs play.

Last year, 'password' topped the list so I guess there is some small progress that folks are not typing in the worst password you could ever use.

1/19/2015

Man nearly crushed between two semi trucks [PHOTO\VIDEO] and survives 26 car pileup

By Maria Gomez

Man nearly crushed between two semi trucks [PHOTO\VIDEO] and survives 26 car pileup in Oregon, On a foggy icy Oregon interstate, a driver survived being sandwiched by two tractor trailers during a chain reaction crash caused by black ice on the road.

If you look close in the photo below, you'll see Kaleb Whitby's head. The 27-year-old was part of a 26 car pileup over the weekend that resulted in a dozen injuries and closure of portions of Interstate 84 on Saturday.
Credit Sergi Karplyuk

Whitby wasn't able to stop in time after a semi truck jackknifed on the slick roads. He slammed into the side of the big rig, causing his pickup truck to flip over.

"It was just metal crunching and glass. It was just all fast and loud," Kaleb Whitby, 27, told CNN. "I got scared of the possibility it could have been the end."

Then the real horror came: the sight of another tractor-trailer zooming straight toward him.

Whitby's vehicle was crushed into a fraction of its original size, but fortunately he only suffered minor cuts and bruises.

"This is the biggest crash I have seen in a while," Oregon State Police Sgt. Kyle Hove told CNN. "It was extremely slick out there. One semi that spun around on the black ice started the chain reaction...It's surprising no one died in this."

1/13/2015

42 ancient Mastodon bones [PHOTO\VIDEO] unearthed in Michigan yard

42 ancient Mastodon bones [PHOTO\VIDEO] unearthed in Michigan yard, A couple of Bellevue Township men plan to donate dozens of mastodon bones they dug-up to the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology.

According to a Jan. 11, story in The Lansing State Journal, contractor Daniel LaPoint Jr. was excavating  Eric Witzke's property on Babcock Road in Bellevue Township -- about 15 miles northeast of Battle Creek -- about sixty days ago when he saw a four-foot-long rib bone sticking out from a pile of dirt.

AP Photo/The State Journal, Rod Sanford

 LaPoint Jr. had experience with tilling earth and digging the ground for over two decades, but in all that time and experience, he never happened upon bones that had a span of four feet.

The men plan to keep a few of the bones found in Witzke's backyard and give the rest to the museum later this month.

The museum's director, Daniel Fisher, examined and confirmed their discovery.

According to Fisher, the bones are from a 37-year-old male mastodon and are between 10,000 and 14,000 years old.

Mastodon bones were also discovered in Daytona Beach earlier in the year. See the video below.

1/12/2015

CHILLING! [PHOTO\VIDEO] One-year-old puts .40-caliber handgun in mouth, says pow pow bang bang in shocking video

CHILLING! [PHOTO\VIDEO] One-year-old puts .40-caliber handgun in mouth, says pow pow bang bang in shocking videos, A couple in Indiana face charges after police say they found footage showing the 1-year-old daughter of Toni Wilson, 22, putting a handgun in her mouth, The Associated Press reports.

According to the Evansville Courier & Press, Wilson, and Michael L. Barnes, 19, face charges of child neglect and recklessness with a deadly weapon.

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Police say they discovered the videos after Barnes, who isn't the child's father but has children with Wilson, was arrested for an alleged attempt to sell a gun to an undercover cop. Barnes was wanted for armed robbery at the time.

In the video footage, the tot holds a pistol while a man and woman encourage her to say "bang," "pow" and "shoot." Wilson has stated that the gun was a pellet gun, but according to police, it was a .40-caliber handgun.

The couple's 1-month-old twins were removed from the home and are in emergency care, along with the 1-year-old in the video.


1/10/2015

WATCH! D-bag Fedex driver steals puppies [PHOTOS\VIDEO]

By Maria Gomez

WATCH! D-bag Fedex driver steals puppies [PHOTOS\VIDEO], A FedEx driver in Texas has been suspended after stealing two puppies from a home.

According to a post by a woman named Erica on Facebook, her home security footage caught a FedEx driver walking away from her house with two of her pups in his possession.

If that wasn't bizarre enough, she alleges that the driver was not even there to make a delivery to her home rather came with the sole intent of dognapping her canines.

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Surveillance video from the home shows a FedEx driver luring the bulldog puppies (worth $2,500 each) from the driveway into his vehicle.

He puts the first one in his truck, and goes back for the second. The driver then locks up and takes off with the pooches.

While the matter is still being investigated, there is good news to report — the puppies are back home where they belong.

A rep for FedEx confirms to VNP that the dogs have been returned home and the driver, a contract worker for the company, has been suspended. Additionally, FedEx says it is cooperating with local authorities.

1/09/2015

Boa constrictor flees toilet [PHOTO\VIDEO] to horror of plunging office worker

By Ann Warren

Boa constrictor flees toilet [PHOTO\VIDEO] to horror of plunging office worker, A woman in San Diego says she may never view a toilet the same way again after finding a five-foot boa constrictor in the bowl at her office.

For most folks, a trip to the restroom does not involve a reptile sliding out of the toilet as you near it, but for Stephanie Lacsa that became her living nightmare.

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Lacsa, an employee at Vertical PR + Marketing, told KTLA 5 that she first noticed the toilet water level was higher than usual on Tuesday in the office restroom at her firm

"I thought my eyes were deceiving me," Lacsa, an employee at Vertical PR + Marketing, told KTLA 5. "But as soon as I saw the flicker of its tongue, I definitely knew that it was in fact a large snake heading straight towards me."

She began plunging and saw what appeared to be a snake begin to emerge from the bowl.

“I thought my eyes were deceiving me,” Lacsa said. “But as soon I saw the flicker of its tongue, I definitely knew that it was in fact a large snake heading straight towards me.”

Lacsa ran out of the bathroom screaming and immediately called county animal control officers.

The snake was curled up behind the toilet when officers arrived at the building at Fifth Avenue and G Street, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The reptile was underweight and shedding, according to a county news release. And, while being examined, the snake bit its handler.

If the owner does not come forward by Friday, the snake will be given to a reptile group with experience handling such snakes, the county said.

Seriously? 70-year-old bullet wound kills man [PHOTO]

By Tashi Singh

Seriously? 70-year-old bullet wound kills man [PHOTO],  A bullet that wounded Chicago resident Tom Buchanan as a young man took 70 years to kill him. Buchanan died on Sunday from complications from the bullet that he carried in his belly for over seven decades.

He was 87 years old.

Credit: Handout, Daily News
Cook County Medical Examiner's office spokesman Frank Shuftan said Thursday, after an autopsy revealed that the "gunshot ultimately caused the complications to his abdomen that ultimately killed him."

Buchanan started talking about a pain in his gut on Saturday, according to media reports. At 11:18 a.m. the next day, Buchanan was pronounced dead at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, according to the medical examiner's office.

The shooting was apparantly never reported to authorities and Shuftan says the office has no record of the incident.

Buchanan's heart disease was also listed as a contributing factor in his death.

1/08/2015

11 and 15 year-old Kornegay sisters kill brother, 16 [PHOTO\VIDEO]

By Ann Warren

11 and 15 year-old Kornegay sisters kill brother, 16 [PHOTO\VIDEO], The two sisters have been charged as juveniles with premeditated murder and a judge ordered the two girls held without bond at a hearing Wednesday.

The Kornegays have been charged with child neglect and their other child, a 3-year-old girl, is in the custody of child welfare officials.

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Columbia County Sheriff's Department spokesman Murray Smith, said investigators believe the older girl shot her 16-year-old brother. He also stated that the younger girl was involved in the killing in some way.

"There's no real rhyme or reason to it," Smith told the Gainesville Sun. "Obviously there were problems with the children."

A friend's mom called police after the 11-year-old called to say she and her sister had run away from home.

The girls were found by a police officer Monday night walking to White Springs, about 4 miles from their home.

According to the police report, the older girl, when first questioned, sat putting on makeup and attempted to dodge many questions. She would eventually break down in tears and admit that she had killed her brother.

The boy's body was found on the living room floor of the family home.

While they were away on a trucking job, Misty and Keith Kornegay's daughters, aged 11 and 15, killed their older brother, police in Florida said.

1/07/2015

Naked woman stuck in chimney of ex [PHOTO\VIDEO]

By Maria Gomez

The perils of online dating are well-documented. In an attempt to get in touch with an ex at his place, the young California woman tried sneaking in through the chimney to make her way into the home.

According to the Riverside County Sheriff's Office, her ex husband called police shortly before daybreak Sunday to report the sound of a woman crying in the area.

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When they arrived, they found the unidentified woman, and then "carefully dismantled" the chimney brick by brick in order to free the spurned and somewhat sooty 35-year-old. 

This is the second instance in just a few months where a California woman became stuck in an ex-lover’s chimney.  In October, Ventura County firefighters rescued a woman who became stuck in the chimney of a man she had dated only a few times. Rescuers dismantled the chimney and used soap to extricate the woman after about two hours.

Go here for additional details. Videos below.




Teen refusing chemotherapy to be forced by state [PHOTO\VIDEO] of Connecticut

By Tashi Singh

It is a case that pits a 17-year-old girl with cancer against the state of Connecticut: she is being forced to undergo chemotherapy against her will, and now the case is going to the state Supreme Court.

The girl, identified only as “Cassandra C." in court documents, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in September. Hodgkin's lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system. As it progresses, it compromises the body's ability to fight infection. At the time, doctors at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) recommended she receive chemotherapy.

After Cassandra C. declined medical treatment for cancer and her mom agreed with her decision, the Division of Children and Families (DCF) assumed custody of her and forced her to undergo what they called life-saving chemotherapy.
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According to the Hartford Courant, Cassandra believes chemotherapy can cause her as much or more damage as the cancer at this point.

“She knows the long-term effects of having chemo, what it does to your organs, what it does to your body. She may not be able to have children after this because it affects everything in your body. It not only kills cancer, it kills everything in your body,” Cassandra’s mother, Jackie Fortin, said in a video published on the Hartford Courant’s website.

Cassandra and her mother filed an appeal to the court as they fight for anti-chemotherapy rights. They argue the trial court violated their constitutional rights in permitting DCF to force the girl to receive medical treatment against her will.

The Connecticut Supreme Court will review the series of events, taking up an issue decided by several other states — whether some minors are mature enough to make decisions about their own bodies.


1/05/2015

Report: Stress found to be a factor in developing diabetes, autoimmune diseases

By Maria Gomez

Report: Stress found to be a factor in developing diabetes, autoimmune diseases, According to a new report from Science Daily, Stress that is recurring can trigger insulin resistance, hypertension and abdominal fat deposition.

Stress is part of our instinctual response to fight or flee when confronted with threats. Stress responses provide adaptation to various physical conditions including burns, bruises, bleeding or psychosocial traumas.



However when the situation becomes recurrent, stress can trigger diseases such as diabetes, depression, insulin resistance, hypertension, abdominal fat deposition and other autoimmune diseases, says Siegfried Miracle Lopez, chief of endocrinology at the Advanced Immunology Center in Hospital Angeles Lomas.

A systemic imbalance is the cause of Type II diabetes.

When an imbalance of homeostasis and angiostasis arises, (altered immune and hormone systems) and the body cannot adapt to it, disease is the result.

Experiencing stress affects homeostasis, especially if it is constant and is the body doesn't have time to re-adapt and reach a neutral point of homeostasis. Go here to read more.

12/22/2014

12 hurt by lightning at Tampa game [VIDEO]

By Maria Gomez

12 hurt by lightning at Tampa game [VIDEO], Tampa Fire Rescue responded after a dozen people were injured by an indirect lightning strike at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The lightning struck just after the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Green Bay Packers concluded on Sunday, hitting an antenna on an SUV parked outside the stadium. None of the wounded are believed to have been struck directly, but a dozen people suffered various injuries, none of which were fatal, a spokesman for Tampa Fire Rescue said.

"It just got really bright and white and then we heard the sound right afterwards and then we looked over and there was smoke billowing up from the ground," one fan said.

"Streak of lightning. Bang," Jeanette Kudick said.

Tampa Fire Rescue dispatch received a call at 4:11 p.m. reporting a lightning strike at lot 14 outside of Raymond James Stadium. Multiple TFR rescue units responded to the location as well as TFR paramedics who were working at the stadium as part of the medic team.

Upon arrival, rescue units treated and transported seven patients to nearby St. Joseph's Hospital in stable condition. An additional 4 or 5 people stated that they would go to the hospital on their own.

According to data compiled by the University of Florida, Florida is regarded as the lightning strike capital of the country, with 100 days of storms per year. The areas of the peninsula most at risk stretch north from St. Augustine down to Lake Okeechobee in the south. Tampa is directly in the middle of that zone.

The National Weather Service notes that lightning kills an average of 51 Americans annually, more than any other weather phenomenon.