Seth Gitner 95 (photography),
a photographer for the Roanoke (Va.) Times, calls his encounter with
a lightning bolt a pretty harrowing ordeal. Gitner was at
the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va., in June 2001 when it began
to rain. He took shelter in a tent, but when it changed to hail and
the tent started shaking, he took off running.
A lightning bolt apparently
struck the water-soaked ground near him. Hes not sure what happened
next, but he remembers waking up on the ground and having no feeling
from the neck down. Fortunately, that proved temporary; Gitner made
a complete recovery and his tale made the April issue of News Photographer
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