Colorado "Day By Day" Lightning Casualty Statistics - 2000 - 2009

Welcome to the Colorado "Day By Day" Lightning Casualty Statistics page, Lightning Casualty Statistics section of the Colorado Lightning Resource Page. This page list "day by day" lightning casualty statistics in text format for the entire state of Colorado from January 1, 2000 through December 31, 2008. The date, time, location (county), gender, age and a brief description are listed for each lightning casualty. Data compiled from STORM DATA plus other sources. For official data, please contact the National Climatic Data Center.

For data in the 1980s, click here; for data in the 1990s, click here, and for data in the 2010s, click here.

           2009

2009 October, November, December - None Reported

2009 September

09 September 2009, 16:15 MST (1715 MDT), Arapahoe County: A man was critically injured when he was struck by lightning while riding his bicycle. He was nearing a paramedic van when he was hit. His heart stopped but paramedics quickly responded and were able to resuscitate him.

2009 August

03 August 2009, 12:00 MST (1300 MDT), Boulder County: A woman riding her bike in training for an Ironman Triathalon was struck by lightning. She was in the 78th mile of a 100-mile training ride when she was hit. Initially, she lost her vision and couldn't move her arms. After a short stay in the hospital, she made a full recovery.

2009 June

01 June 2009, 12:30 MST (1330 MDT), Rio Blanco County. Four men were golfing on the seventh green at the Cedar Ridges Golf Course in Rangely when a tree 15 to 20 yards away was struck by lightning. The charge from the lightning bolt traveled from the tree through the ground and struck the four golfers, blowing the golf clubs out of their hands and leaving them stunned for a period of time. They heard popping noises on the tops of their heads as the charge exited through their caps. One of the golfers felt like the hair on his head was on fire. The tree struck by lightning was split open and a large amount of bark was blown off. Information in this report was provided by one of the lightning strike victims.

05 June 2009, 19:45 MST (2045 MDT), Weld County: A man was killed by lightning while crossing an open field. The victim was struck behind the right ear; the bolt then exited out both of his ankles.

18 June 2009, 18:30 MST (1930 MDT), Weld County: A 41-yr old man was injured when he was struck by lightning on a golf course in Greeley. He was struck on the 13th hole and suffered burns to his body, but was alert and conscious when paramedics arrived. 

2009 May

25 May 2009, 13:12 MST (1412 MDT), Weld County: Two men were injured, one seriously, when they were struck by lightning while skeet shooting. The more seriously injured man was burned when the lightning struck his shotgun, causing it to explode in his hands.

2009 january, February, March, April - None Reported

           2008

2008 August, September, October, November and December - None Reported

2008 July:

03 July 2008, 1542 mst (1642 mdt), Custer County: A teenager was killed while riding a mountain bike with others on a county road in Custer County. A detailed writeup of this event can be found HERE.

06 July 2008, 1200 mst (1300 mdt), Pitkin County: A family of five from Idaho were all struck by lightning while hiking on the American Lake Trail, about 9.5 miles south of Aspen. A 15 year old girl was revived by CPR. A 17 year old boy was burned on the soles of his feet. The other 3 family members of the family were not affected by the flash. 

08 July 2008, 11:20 mst (12:20 mdt), Larimer County: Lightning struck near a group of 8 hikers at Rocky Mountain National Park. Three of them suffered minor injuries.

24 July 2008, 1830 mst (1930 mdt), Larimer County: Two graduate students who were under an area of tall pine trees were killed by lightning. One died immediately, the second passed away about 1 week later. A detailed writeup of this event can be found HERE.

28 July 2008, 1341 mst (1441 mdt) [time estimated], Mineral County: A sheep herder was killed by lightning at the headwaters of Oso Creek near the Continental Divide. A general writeup of this event can be found HERE.

2008 June

24 June 2008, 1420 mst (1520 mdt), El Paso County: Two police officers were injured by the current of a nearby lightning flash which hit a lightstand in a sports complex. The two officers were taken to the hospital.

2008 January, February, March, April, May - None Reported

          2007

2007 October, November, December - None Reported

2007 September:

 September 2007, 1758 mst (1858 mdt), El Paso county: Four people seeking shelter in a tent on a ridge along Gold Camp Road in western El Paso county were struck by lightning. One fatality occurred, and 3 other people were injured. A detailed writeup of this event can be found 
here.

2007 August:

19 August 2007, 1400 mst (1500 mdt), Lake County: A hiker was struck by lightning on the southeast face of Mt Elbert near treeline. he was treated at teh scene by a doctor, complaining of being sore.

2007 July

27 July 2007, 1700 mst (1800 mdt), Jefferson County: A man was struck and killed by lightning, while jogging at Matthews Winter Park in Morrison.

2007 June:

02 June 2007, 1330 mst (1430 mdt), El Paso County: A construction worker in Manitou Springs was injured by a lightning flash.


2007 May:

22 May 2007, 1330 mst (1430 mdt), El Paso County: Lightning struck a house in northwest Colorado Springs, jolting a women who was on a computer inside the home.

2007 January, February, March, April – None reported.

           2006

October, November and December – None reported.

2006 September:

07 September 2006, 1500 mst (1600 mdt); Montrose county: A 40 year old male hunter was killed while scouting for game in the Spiny Creek area. He apparently sought shelter under a 12 foot juniper tree when thunderstorms moved into the area. The victim was found under the tree which had bark blown off from the lightning strike. The lightning obviously started a fire which was later extinguished by heavy rainfall. The victims’ location was 7 miles east-northeast of Uravan.

2006 August:

31 August 2006, 1347 mst (1447 mdt); Adams county: Lightning injured a female postal worker while she was walking by a tree on the 7000 block of Beacon Way in Westminster.

2006 July:

02 July 2006, 1100 mst (1200 mdt); Huerfano county: Two male teenagers, 15 and 16 years old, were struck by lightning near the summit of the West Spanish Peak (6 miles east of Cuchara). One of the teenagers heart stopped, and the other (who was less seriously injured) perfomed CPR on him. The CPR revived the teen. Both then walked down the trail a distance before medical help arrived. The more seriously injured was flown by Flight For Life to Pueblo. No lasting injuries to either teen have been reported.

02 July 2006, 1745 mst (1845 mdt); Douglas county: Lightning struck a male teenager while mowing his lawn in Castle Rock. The teen suffered burns to his hands and feet, and had blood running from his ear when he was found. The victims eardrums were ruptured and his hearing was damgage. The teen was wearing a ipod when struck.

03 July 2006, 1220 mst (1320 mdt); Grand county: A man was hit in the head by lightning while golfing at Grand Elk Ranch and Golf Club golf course in Granby. His clothes were completely blown off by the flash and his body turned purple. His wife performed CPR immediately and was able to resuscitate him.

17 July 2006, 1330 mst (1430 mdt); Gunnison county: Seven hikers sought shelter under a lone tree above treeline at an elevation near 11,400 feet when lightning struck the tree. A 16 year old boy leaning against the tree received the lightning charge which then dispersed across the ground affecting the rest of the group. The young boy leaning against the tree reportedly went into cardiac arrest, but was revived with CPR. A woman received burns on both legs. Four of the hikers were able to make it to Marble and summoned help. The group was located 4 miles east of Marble when the flash occurred. A dog which as with the group was killed.

19 July 2006, 1630 mst (1730 mdt); Teller county: A 17 year old young man who was playing soccer in Woodland Park was struck and killed by lightning.

19 July 2006, 1700 mst (1800 mdt); El Paso county: A male little league coach was struck by lightning in Fremont park. Fremont park is located 6 miles north-northeast of Colorado Springs.

27 July 2006, 1030 mst (1130 mdt); Teller county: Two teenage boys were hospitalized after a lightning strike occurred near them on Teller County Road 1 2 miles north-northwest of Cripple Creek. Neither was seriously injured.

2006 June:

8 June 2006, 1645 mst (1745 mdt); Jackson county: 26 year old male was working on a barbed wire fence when thunderstorms approached. He picked up the barb wire and was walking back to seek shelter. Lightning reportedly struck the fence, jumped to the barb wire that he was carrying, and he was killed.

11 June 2006, 1445 mst (1545 mdt); Adams county: a 39 year old male was struck by lightning and killed while returning to his car at the Mile High Flea market.

21 June 2006, 1615 mst (1715 mdt); Adams county: A 46 year old man on a motorcycle was struck y lightning and killed. The motorcyclist was struck on in Westminster on U.S. Highway 36 between Church Ranch Blvd. and Sheridan Blvd. After the man was struck, he crashed into the center median. The lightning left a crater in the highway that was approximately 18 inches long, 8 inches wide and 4 inches deep.

2006 May:

14 May 2006, exact time unknown but likely occurred around noon; Park county: A 24 year old man and his dog were killed by lightning around noontime while on a recreational run on his ranch about 1 mile from Fairplay.

2006 January, February, March, April – None reported.

           2005

2005 October, November, December: None reported

2005 September

08th,1645 mst, (1745 mdt), Pueblo county, 3 miles west-northwest of Pueblo: A 24 year old male was struck by lightning while riding an ATV at the Pueblo Motorsports Park . He was awake and breathing when transported to a hospital. 

08th, 1702 mst, (1802 mdt), Otero county, 3 miles south of Rocky Ford: A 36 year old male was struck and killed by lightning while working outside on a farmstead. (Case Study)

08th: 1445 mst, (1545 mdt), Gunnison county, 23 miles north-northeast of Almont: A man on a motorcycle was struck by lightning while traveling east on Forest Road 759 which parallels Italian Creek.

2005 August: None reported

2005 July

03rd, 1330 mst (1430 mdt), Larimer county, 1 mile northeast of Loveland: Lighting struck near a beach area at Boyd Lake . Nine people were injured. Five were treated at the park; 4 others were hospitalized.

31st, 1530 mst (1630 mdt), La Plata county, Woman walking along Rim Drive across the street from Hillcrest golf course was injured when she was struck by lightning.

2005 June

02nd, 1701 mst (1801 mdt), Pueblo county, In Pueblo: Lighting struck a 13 year old female while scrimmaging for a softball game at Pueblo East High School . The girl was critically injured and transported to Denver . (Case Study)

2005 January, February, March, April, May: None reported

2004

2004 September, October, November, December: None reported

2004 August

1st, 1430 mst, Summit county: 28 year old female killed, 2 injured. Case Study

4th, 1615 mst, Douglas county: 2 golfers at Pinehurst golf course injured.

2004 July

7th, 1700 mst, Jefferson county: 9 year old boy injured by flash at playground. Case Study

19th, 1300 mst, Chaffee county: vicinity of Monarch Ski Lodge, young woman injured at Monarch Campground.

2004 June

14th, 1900-2030mst (exact time unknown): Doglas county, Lightning struck a powerpole injuring a 12 year old girl standing nearby

15th, 1200 mst, Park county: A man was struck and injured when ascending the summit of Mt Lincoln.

19th, 1350 mst, Grand county: 19 people injured at Golf Classic, 2 were serious injuries.

2004 May

12th, 830 mst, Montrose county: 34 year old male ranch worker was killed.

29th, 1145 mst, Jefferson county: 1 male killed and 4 others injured while golfing. Case Study

2004 January, February, March, April: None reported.

2003

2003 September, October, November, December: None reported

2003 August

3rd, 2000 mst, Larimer county: 1 male injured, 0 fatal (media)

5th, 1715 mst, El Paso county: A 52 year old male was struck and killed on a golf course

11th, 1750 mst, Teller county: A 19 year old male was talking on a corded phone when lightning struck the telephone lines outside.

16th, 1200 mst, Clear Creek county: A teenager was injured when he was struck while camping at Herman Lake. The man was knocked unconscious and suffered minor injuries

23rd, 1400 mst, El Paso county: Three children, 9, 11 and 13 years old, were struck by lightning while under a tree while crossing a golf course.

24th, 1545 mst, Park county: Lightning struck and killed a man while riding a motorcycle on Highway 24 just southeast of Lake George. (case study)

24th, 1616 mst, Park county: Lightning struck a teenager while 4 wheel driving over Red Cone pass. He was struck in the chest and stopped breathing. He was resuscitated by his friend. (case study)

2003 July

13th, 1040 mst, El Paso county: A 41 year old male was affected by a lightning flash while removing food from the back of his SUV. CPR was performed on the victim by a friend.

25th, 1330 mst, El Paso county: A 20 year old woman was struck by lightning on a golf course.

26th, 1730 mst, Larimer county: A female was lying on a rubber matt while in a tent. Lightning struck a tree outside and she was injured. (information for this case came from the Lightning Data Center in Denver, Colorado)

27th, 1536 mst, Saguache county: A 27 year old woman was struck and killed by a lightning flash while hiking along the Willow Creek trail near Crestone, Colorado. Her husband was injured. (case study) .

31st, 1830 mst, Garfield county: A 51 year old male and 48 year old female where struck and killed by lightning while seeking shelter und a tree. They had been previously riding a horse on Battlement Mesa when the storm came up.

2003 June: None reported

2003 May

31st, 1600 mst, Larimer county: Lightning struck and killed a 31 year old man, and injured another, while they were fishing on Boyd Lake.

2003 January, February, March, April: None reported

2002

2002 September, October, November, December: None reported.

2002 August

5th, 1400 mst, Park County: A mail carrier was affected by a lightning flash as he stuck a key into a multi-unit mailbox.

2002 July: None reported

2002 June

1 June, 1745, Weld County: A 39 year old male farmer was affected by a lightning flash while standing on hay bails.

2002 January, February, March, April, May: None reported.

2001

2001 September, October, November, December

None reported

2001 August

1st, 1600 mst, Denver county: A 34 year old man on the South Platte River bike path received minor injuries when lighting struck a nearby tree.

5th, 1620 mst, El Paso county: A 66 year old man from Minnesota was struck by a side flash of lightning in a campground and hit his head on a picnic table. He was taken to a local hospital, treated and then released.

6th, 0300 mst, Montezuma county: A father and his two sons were struck by lightning after seeking shelter from a thunderstorm under a tall cottonwood tree. The three men were on a golf course and had sought shelter under the tree when it started to rain. Lightning struck the tree and then passed through all three men, leaving each with severe burns. One victim also suffered a head injury as he was thrown to the ground.

15th, 1300 mst, Larimer county: A 43 year old man was killed when struck by lightning when he was taking shelter under a tree.

2001 July

15th, 1500 mst, Archuleta county: A man with a fishing pole in his hand had just stepped out of his boat and onto a dock at Lake Pagosa when lightning struck him. The lightning initially struck the fising pole and travelled through the man who suffered burns.

2001 June

25th, 1530 mst, Jefferson county: Four golfers and one construction worker received minor injuries from a nearby lightning flash at the Broadlands Golf Course.

2001 May

10th, 2100 mst, Lincoln county: Lighting shocked a woman while she was talking on a phone. She went numb on one side temporarily.

14th, 1504 mst, Douglas county: A construction worker received minor injuries when the current of a nearby lightning flash affected him.

18th, 2100 mst, Adams county: 19 year old man was kiiled by lightning as he was walking along the shoulder of US highway 36 during a thunderstorm.

30th, 1330 mst, El Paso county: Four soldiers on Ft Carson were struck by lightning . Three were taken to area hospitals , treated and released. The other remained in a coma for three weeks, before passing away on June 20th from his injuries.

2001 January, February, March, April

None reported

2000

 

2000 November, December: None

2000 October

3rd, 1405 mst, Larimer county: Two (2) people (age and sex unknown), were injured by a lightning flash on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park at the 12,000 ft Forest Canyon Overlook.

2000 August, September: None

2000 July

7th, 1245 mst, Archuleta county: Male (age unknown) was struck by lightning while fishing along the Navajo River.

8th, 1200 mst, Clear Creek county: Two (2) men (age unknown) were burned by a lightning flash while climbing Mount Evans.

10th, 1540 mst, Boulder county: Three (3) children (age and gender unknown) were injured, 1 critically, on top of Flagstaff Mountain, when affected by a sideflash of a lightning strike to a nearby tree.

12th, 1400 mst, Boulder county: A 28 year old male was killed instantly by a lightning strike while climbing Longs Peak.

12th, 1640 mst, Logan county: Male (age unknown) was injured by a lightning flash which hit a fence in which the man was opening.

15th, 1700 mst, Pitkin County: A group of four people were hiking together near Conundrum Hot Springs when one of the hikers was struck by lightning.  The
victim's clothing was shredded and her boots were blown off.  Also, the lightning victim was bleeding from the ears and nose, and had burns on her chest and feet.

16th, 1900 mst, Clear Creek county: Two (2) campers (age and gender unknown) were injured near Mt Evans.

17th, 1500 mst, Denver county: A 25 year old woman was injured by a lightning flash when she was loading a 747 at Denver International Airport (DIA).

24th, 1500 mst, Boulder county: Two (2) men (age unknown), were injured by a lighting flash while playing golf at Ute Creek Golf Course.

25th, 1159 mst, El Paso county: 18 year old male killed by the first lightning flash of the day on top of Pikes Peak. A case study of this event can be found here.

28th, 1630 mst, El Paso county: A 55 year old woman was injurd when affected by the sideflash of a lightning strike to a nearby tree.

2000 January, February, March, April, May, June: None


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