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Warner Robins, GA Lightning Strike, June 1960


Warner Robins, Ga., (AP) -- Lightning struck a shelter packed with golfers Saturday, killing two and injuring about 20 others.
Five of the injured were treated at Warner Robins Clinic, then transferred to a hospital in nearby Macon.
The bolt crashed into a tin-roofed shelter near the No. 4 tee of the Sandy Run golf course during a violent thunderstorm.
A golf tournament for civilian employes of Robins Air Force Base was under way. Participants and a few spectators scurried into the shelter to get out of the rain.
"I didn't know anything when it hit," said RAYMOND SELPH of Warner Robins. "When I came to, my right leg felt like it had been pulled loose from my body. My head was bursting. I heard someone calling for help, to get an ambulance. I looked around and saw I was the only one sitting up so I scrambled to my feet and ran to the clubhouse."
The clubhouse is almost a mile from the shelter and SELPH was barely able to talk when he got there. But he conveyed word of the tragedy and assistance quickly was mobilized.
The dead were:
JOHNNY HELMS, of Perry, Ga.

The New Mexican Santa Fe 1960-06-26


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thank you

Thank you very much for your kind comments.
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25 June 1960, Sandy Run Golf Club

I was amazed to finally find an article online about this terrible event. Fortunately, there were survivors, my father included, and I was able to grow up around and play golf with most of these gentlemen. Thanks for posting this online. Kevin Selph

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