South Carolina Man killed by
July 18, 2006
A James Island man died after being
struck by lightning while gardening outside his home Sunday afternoon,
John Boggs, 82, decided to work in
the backyard of his home on 422 Trapier Drive around 4 p.m., a Charleston
County sheriff's report states. His wife thought he had gone into
a shed when a storm began; but 45 minutes later, she went outside
and found him lying face down in the garden.
A sheriff's deputy later noted apparent
lightning damage to a pine tree 6 to 8 feet away, the report states.
"An autopsy today confirmed that
his death was from a lightning-related injury," Charleston
County Deputy Coroner Rae Wooten said Monday.
The National Weather Service in Charleston
recorded 214 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes between 4 and 5 p.m.
Sunday, the vast majority of them in a small area over James Island,
meteorologist Jonathan Lamb said.
According to the National Lightning
Safety Insititute, 19 people died from lightning in South Carolina,
from 1990 through 2003.