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Creationism museum employee struck by lightning on the job

By CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com   |   Aug. 22, 2013 at 8:40 AM   |   Comments

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Aug. 22 (UPI) -- An employee of the Petersburg, Kentucky Creation Museum was struck by lightning Wednesday while clearing guests from the museum's zip line during a thunderstorm.

The employee 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 electrical current ran through his body.

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

The zip lines were installed earlier this year 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.

The accident took place at 1 p.m. Wednesday, and the zip lines were closed for the rest of the day.

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