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Utah man struck by lightning recovering in Las Vegas

Posted at 2:05 PM, Feb 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-27 17:11:46-05

A Utah man struck by lightning is recovering in Las Vegas.

While Las Vegas received a rare snowstorm Friday, it was sunny at a St. George golf course before the snow and lightning arrived. 

Justin Hofer was hit and his friends immediately took action.

"And I recognized that his body was on fire, and there was a flame about the size of your hand on your right hip and our immediate reaction was we got to get that flame out," friend Brett Denham told ABC affiliate Good4Utah

Denham and his friend smothered the flames with their jackets while other bystanders helped and CPR was performed. Hofer was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center before being transported by air to the burn center at University Medical Center.

"Every day just hug your kids and your wife because you just never ever know," Hofer told Good4Utah. 

He has internal burns throughout his muscles and his recovery will be long

"I think it hit me in my back so I have so pretty crazy lightning burns on my back," Hofer said. 

The chief meteorologist at Good4Utah said no one has been hit or injured by lightning in December, January, February or March in the state of Utah, at least going back to 1950.