Lightning can be deadly, Springfield Fire says stay inside

Lightning can be deadly, Springfield Fire says stay inside (File Photo)

Springfield Fire is on high alert, with a severe thunderstorm watch in place.

Emergency crews urges everyone, if they hear thunder, stay indoors.

Thunder means a person is close enough to be struck by lightning.

Around 50 people die from a lightning related death every year in the U.S., according to NOAA.

Springfield Fire said people should wait 30 minutes after hearing a blast of thunder before going outdoors.

"Lightning can be deadly up to one hundred feet of a strike, that's the reason we want people to go indoors and stay away from an event," explained Chief Allen Reyne, with the Springfield Fire Department.

Fire crews said not only is lightning deadly to people, it can cause a fire if it strikes a building.

Springfield Fire said if a person smells spoke in their home or the fire alarm starts to act up, call the Fire Department.

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