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Man dies after being struck by lightning on New Jersey golf course

June 10, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A 70-year-old man died after he was struck by lightning while on a New Jersey golf course on Wednesday afternoon.

WESTAMPTON TWP. , New Jersey (WABC) -- A 70-year-old man died after he was 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 course at the Burlington Country Club in Westampton Township about 3:50 p. m. and was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. At the time of the lightning strike, isolated pop-up thunderstorms were in the area. According to Westampton Township police, the victim was found under a tree.

Detectives believe he was seeking shelter there. Police also say the tree was struck by the lightning bolt first. Ward is the first death from a lightning strike in the U. S. this year. "It was bizarre," said neighbor Norm Jones, who lives right by the golf course. He says that it didn't really look like a storm was coming through Wednesday afternoon. "It was sunny," he said.

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