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Woman suffers burns in lightning strike while fishing at Smithville Lake

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Posted at 5:58 PM, May 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-18 18:59:00-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A woman fishing from the banks with her husband Saturday at Smithville Lake suffered burns after a lightning strike.

According to the Smithville Area Fire Protection District, the woman was injured shortly before 2 p.m. along Collins Road near the horseback trails on the east side of the lack.

It wasn’t immediately clear what the lightning struck, but a spokesman with Smithville Fire said the woman was not directly struck.

She was transported to a local hospital for treatment of her burns.

Smithville Fire reminds people "when thunder roars, get indoors" to avoid injury from a possible lightning strike.