Lightning Strike At Blues Festival Kills One, Injures Two

first_imgA lightning strike at T-Bois Blues Festival in Larose, LA this past weekend left one woman dead and two others injured. The fatal strike, which marked the first death from lightning in the US this year, also killed a Labrador dog.The victim, 28-year-old Jacqui Stavis from New Orleans, was hunkered down in her tent during a thunderstorm on Friday night with two unidentified women when lightning hit on or near the tent. Stavis was found unresponsive around 10:05 PM on Friday night and pronounced dead at a nearby hospital on Saturday. The other two women – 24 and 30 years old – sustained injuries from electric shock, and are being treated at hospitals in Larose and New Orleans.Festival organizers have released the following statement regarding the incident:“The Falgout Family is deeply saddened by the tragic event that occurred this weekend at T-Bois Blues Festival. Every attendee of this small festival is part of the T-Bois family, and we feel as though we lost a family member this weekend. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Stavis family and all those who love Jacqui, as well as the others injured and affected by Friday night’s tragedy.We have many more thoughts and experiences to share from a weekend that presented quite a few challenges but saw a group of workers and festival goers persevere through them. But out of respect for all those mourning this loss we will take the next few days to reflect on the weekend and step away from social media. We thank every person who attended this years T-Bois Blues Fest in any capacity, and we hope to continue to provide a place for good friends, good food and good music.”The festival carried on as planned throughout the remainder of the weekend, hosting acts like Anders Osborne, Nigel Hall, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Honey Island Swamp Band and more. T-Bois is held at the site of an alligator farm and has come to be known as a “Cajun Burning Man” of sorts.Our thoughts and prayers go out to Stavis’s family and friends, and we wish the other individuals affected a speedy recovery.[H/T Offbeat]last_img

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