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Lightning Strikes Three During College Football Game

October 23, 1994

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) _ Lightning struck Mississippi linebacker coach Mike Grant and two ABC-TV workers during a college football game against Alabama on Saturday. The three suffered minor injuries.

In Grant’s case, the lightning apparently came through the ground and into a transmitter attached to his belt and connected to a headset.

″It made a little red spot,″ Grant said, pointing to his left side, ″but now it’s gone. I threw (the headset) on the ground. I said I wasn’t going to use it anymore.″

The lightning delayed the game for 25 minutes. Grant returned to the sideline when play resumed in the second quarter and even put his headset back on. Missiissippi was ahead 7-0 at the time, but No. 8 Alabama went on to win, 21-10.

Much of the crowd of 70,123 scrambled for cover during the thunderstorm that brought the lightning. Some left.

One of the network employees, sideline driver Bill Browning, was taken to DCH Regional Medical Center for observation and later released.

Cameraman Barry Drago also was was treated and released.

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