Five persons were struck by lightning yesterday in Central Park and a sixth was struck on the beach in Jacob Rils Park, Queens. The five in Central Park were standing at or near a baseball diamond at 100th Street, near the center of the park.
The National Weather Service advises staying away from telephones and other electrical equipment during a lightning storm. If caught outdoors people are advised to stay away from trees but to seek refuge inside caves, ditches or hollows or to lie flat in an open field.
excerpt from NYT 7/22/77