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Howard County fire officials received a call at 1:45 p.m., July 4 for a man who suffered injuries from a lightning strike in Patapsco Valley State Park in Woodstock, near the border between Howard and Baltimore counties.

The man was inches away from a tree that was struck by lightning and suffered injuries from the blast, according to Adam Nolder, a spokesman for the Howard County Fire Department.

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Fire officials found the man in the woods around 2:20 p.m. and immediately transported him to University of Maryland Shock Trauma. The victim survived and was recovering in the hospital Sunday evening.

The injured man, whose name has not been released, was conscious and breathing when officials found him a half-mile into the woods, Nolder said. Baltimore County fire officials described the man’s injuries as “serious” in a tweet and added crews were operating in “rough terrain to remove the patient.”

The U.S. National Weather Service announced the morning of July 4 that a severe thunderstorm and flash flood watch was in effect for Baltimore County until 9 p.m. So far this year, six people have died after being struck by lightning in the United States. On average, lightning kills 49 people and injures hundreds each year in the U.S.

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