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Creation Museum Worker Struck by Lightning on Zip Line Course

A staff member of Ken Ham's Creation Museum was struck by lightning in Boone County, Ky., on Wednesday while helping guests from a zip line course, one of the museum's attractions.

The man apparently touched an object that had been energized by lightning, according to His injuries are not thought to be serious, but he was taken to a hospital as a precaution. The worker, who is in his 20s, reportedly remained conscious, but complained of tingling in his fingers.

He was clearing the zip line due to an approaching storm when the incident occurred, he told authorities.

The zip line course, which opened in June and seeks to attract a broader audience to the Creation Museum and its Bible inspired exhibits, stretches over a total distance of 1,700 feet, extending up to 150 feet from the ground.

"The course is designed to attract a broader range of people to the Creation Museum and to enhance the museum itself," said Ham, who is also the founder and president of Answers in Genesis. "This is not a ride; it's a professional course that is also an ecological tour. We have 70 acres here, and the zip lines and the sky bridges go all the way through the woods to the back of the grounds."

According to the Creation Museum website, it is "the biggest and best zip line course in the Midwest," and features over two and a half miles of zip lines and sky bridges.

"People who use the zip lines do not have to come to the Creation Museum, but they can go inside and use the portico," Ham added. "They can also go to the main hall, the coffee shop and Noah's Café, so they can actually see a lot without paying for a ticket to the Creation Museum. If they want to go to both, we offer the combined ticket." 

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