A New Port Richey man who was directly struck by lightning Sunday afternoon on Clearwater Beach in Florida has died.

Clearwater Police say Garry L. Perks, 32, died days after the lightning strike, which caused him to go into cardiac arrest.

A total of eight people were injured following the lightning strike, according to Clearwater Fire Department Deputy Chief Marvin Pettingill. Perks and four others were taken to Morton Plant Hospital for treatment. One other patient went to Tampa General Hospital with burns, and three additional people refused to be transported.

The Clearwater Beach lifeguards left their towers that day around 12:30 p.m due to bad weather. After just minutes, the lightning strike call came in around 12:43 p.m. on the beach near Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill, located at 7 Rockaway Street.

One witness told that people were grabbing their things and moving off the beach when it all happened.

“It’s like an explosion. t sounded like a bomb had gone off. You know, like a literal bomb went off when it hit. But it hit right here,” Ryan Tuttle said.

Clearwater Fire and Rescue reminds: when you hear the roar, go indoors.

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