At 10:40 Thursday morning a lightning strike sent a Marlboro man to the hospital according to police.
Reports indicate the man was operating machinery around when lightning either struck him or the machinery.

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Initial reports from police said the lightning strike occurred on Timber Lane in Marlboro, however, Scotts Lawn Service owner Al Christiansen told the Star-Ledger that his employee was working in Freehold when it happened.

Christiansen said the man was on a fertilizer spreader when the lightning struck nearby and he was knocked off the machine but appeared to be okay.

Lombardo said the man was thrown from the machinery, but did not have any serious injuries. The man did not appear to have any burn marks and was alert and conscious, Lombardo said.

The man was taken to CentraState Medical Center in Freehold for evaluation.