Two separate lightning strikes in the Baltimore area Thursday hospitalized one man and caused damage to a home.
The man was seriously injured after being struck by lightning a little after 2 p.m. on Thursday in a wooded area in Patapsco Valley State Park on the Baltimore and Howard county line, according to the Baltimore County Fire Department.
Authorities said the force of the strike threw the man down an embankment, where firefighters rescued him with an ATV.
— Baltimore County Fire Department (@BaltCoFire) July 4, 2019
The man was transported to the hospital by Howard County emergency medical services.
About an hour later, lightning struck the roof of a two story duplex in Woodlawn, causing it to catch fire. The fire was quickly extinguished.
Fire officials said it’s important to watch for signs of lightning before heading outdoors in a storm.