LINTHICUM, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Federal officials and the head of an air traffic control group says a worker was hurt when lightning struck BWI Airport Thursday afternoon, shutting down flight operations.

The Federal Aviation Administration shut down the airport and grounded all flights after lightning struck the air traffic control tower around 2:30 p.m. as strong thunderstorms rolled through the area. The airport reopened around 4:30 p.m.

John Dunkerly, president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, said that he had just left the tower when the lightning strike, which he said hit a runway, occurred. He said a traffic management coordinator who was turning on equipment in the tower was shocked when the electricity traveled to the tower.

Dunkerly says the worker was taken to a hospital. An FAA official said the worker did not appear to be seriously injured.

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WNEW’s Cameron Thompson contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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