Creationism museum employee injured by lightning strike while on the job

By David Ferguson
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 15:40 EDT
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An employee of Petersburg, Kentucky’s Creation Museum was struck by lightning Wednesday while clearing guests from a zip line attraction at the museum during a thunderstorm. According to Kentucky’s WLWT.com, the man was helping guests down from the wires as thunderstorms rolled into the area.

Museum officials reported that the worker touched a piece of equipment that had been charged by a lighting strike and the current slammed into his body, injuring him.

He was taken to a nearby hospital, but his injuries were said to be superficial.

The zip lines were installed in the spring to help the Christian-themed museum attract a wider group of visitors. The 1,700 feet of cable are suspended 150 feet above the ground at their highest point.

Radio station 99.3 FM of Lawrenceburg, KY said that the accident took place around 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday. The zip lines will reportedly be closed for the rest of the day Wednesday.

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David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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