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GA Man Knocked Out of Shoes by Lightning

Updated: Monday, June 23 2014, 10:16 AM CDT

An Atlanta, Georgia man is thankful to be alive after he says a lightning strike blew him right out of his shoes.

Sean O'Connor was getting ready to do some yard work Sunday after work, since the sun was out and he couldn't see or hear any thunder or lightning. "Just as I picked up the rake I heard a loud crashing sound.  A few moments later I was picking myself up off the ground.  I had the taste of blood in my mouth.  I noticed my leg was burning a little bit," he says.

O'Connor was home alone.  So, it took him a bit to realize what had just happened. "My leg hairs were singed.  I could smell the burnt hair.  I looked across the driveway and I could see my boots over there.  They were no longer on my feet and one of them was smoking'.  At that point I realized I had just been hit by lightning," he said.

O'Connor called his wife and shot cell phone video to prove to her he wasn't kidding. She urged him to go to the emergency room right away. "In my mind I'd survived a lightning strike and I didn't think things could get any worse from there," he said. But the lightning strike caused O'Connor's heart to beat irregularly, so doctors kept him overnight.  

His kids think he's pretty cool now, and while he realizes the severity of it all, he also takes it in stride. "I've had a lot of friends comment and ask me if I can now bend spoons with my mind. Which I don't," O'Connor said.

The National Weather Service says the odds of being struck by lightning in any given year are more than one in 700,000.

GA Man Knocked Out of Shoes by Lightning


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