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Dangerous close call with lightning for fans in Tiger Stadium

Radar snapshot from 5:40 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 10 showing storms w/ plenty of lightning extending from the LSU campus northward through downtown Baton Rouge. (Source: WAFB) Radar snapshot from 5:40 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 10 showing storms w/ plenty of lightning extending from the LSU campus northward through downtown Baton Rouge. (Source: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The headlines following LSU's victory over Jacksonville State on Saturday, September 10 were all centered around the quarterback change, but lost in the mix was a dangerous encounter thousands of LSU fans and students had with lightning before the game even began.

Storms quickly developed in the Baton Rouge area around 5 p.m. and persisted long enough to delay the scheduled 6:30 p.m. kickoff for almost an hour.

During the delay, SEC Network cameras were rolling as LSU students and fans filed into Tiger Stadium. A still shot captured from the video feed showed a vivid lightning strike perilously close with several thousand people already milling about the stadium.

This is clearly a close call for those in the stands, too close. Just how close was that lightning strike? WAFB's Steve Caparotta did a little digging to see if he could figure it out.

To read Steve's entire story, visit his blog here.

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