Lightning strike doesn't zap enthusiasm of music fan


A Minnesota country music fan didn't let a lightning strike stop him from attending the music festival he'd traveled to Wisconsin to see, the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reports.

Nineteen-year-old Gage Stroening, of New Prague, was badly shaken, in pain, and his arm was in a sling after the incident Friday night, but he said he wasn't about to miss his chance to see Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, among others, at Country Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin.

"It hurts to walk, but I've got pit passes to meet Randy Houser," he told the newspaper. "I don't have the energy like I did when I showed up, but I'm not missing these shows."

Stroening said he had grabbed metal framing under his camper Friday night as lightning struck the camper. He was knocked off some stairs and sent into a kind of seizure, he said. Stroening, who also was injured when he stepped on a hot plate just prior to the lightning strike, was later treated at a hospital for about four hours.

He was given medical advice to rest for a few days, but Stroening went back to the music fest.

Despite the old yarn about lightning never striking twice (that's indeed a myth, by the way, AccuWeather says), Stroening was one of two people struck by lightning in the same campground within a few hours at the music festival, WQOW reported.

Another woman broke her arm when wind knocked over a porta-potty, the station reported.

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