A man was killed by lightning the day after a news website claimed that there had been no deaths this year.
People say The Washington Post “tried fate” by stating no one has died from a lightning strike in 2021, only for a man to die the next day.
On Tuesday, the news site released an item titled “The United States has yet to experience a lightning death this year, a record to date.”
The next day, they shared the story on Twitter with the caption: “Nobody has been killed by lightning in the United States this year, marking the first time the country has gone this long without a lightning death.”
This year, no one has been killed by lightning in the United States, marking the first time the country has gone this long without a lightning death https://t.co/AFJ9Shjq2v
— June 9, 2021, The Washington Post (@washingtonpost)
However, a man died in New Jersey after being struck by lightning just hours after it was posted.
Accuweather quoted a report from the National Weather Service (NWS) indicating that a man died on Wednesday about 3.45 p.m. EDT after being struck by lightning.
The man, who has not been recognized, was subsequently seen playing golf at the Burlington Country Club in Westampton Township, according to Action News.
The individual was struck between the sixth and seventh holes, according to the site, while a storm moved across the area.
According to Westampton Township police, the body was discovered under a tree that had been struck as well, leading them to suspect he was taking protection under it.
The Washington Post item went viral rapidly, and screengrabs were shared on Reddit with the remark, “Just a few of hours after posting this, the first person perished by lightning strike.”
Matthew Cappucci, the piece’s author, turned to Twitter to defend it, saying, “Check the publishing time.” I said at the end that this wasn’t going to last.”
“July is normally the biggest month for lightning fatalities in the United States, with June and August just behind it,” Cappucci, a meteorologist for Capital Weather Gang, said in his last phrase. While we can hope this record-breaking streak of no fatalities continues, history tells us it won’t.”
Despite acknowledging the record wouldn’t hold, people still found the timing of the article eerie.
Harrison Hickman commented: “The next lightning. This is a brief summary.