Stores of being struck by lightning are rare, but many can be really bizarre, too. The average American has about a 1 in 5,000 chance of being struck by lightning. Those are pretty good odds, but for those unfortunate ones, it didn’t turn out so great. Not only did they win the worst lottery possible, but in these specific cases, it happened in weird ways, making it even rarer. From multiple lightning strikes to surviving thanks to a music player, you might have a hard time believing some of these stories. So, get your rubber boots on, here are 25 Bizarre Stories Of Being Struck By Lightning.
Lightning Strike Cures Blind Man
In 1980, Edwin Robinson, a 62-year-old living in Falmouth, Maine, was struck by lightning. While it’s, of course, unique to be struck by lightning, it’s even more bizarre that it restored his eyesight. That’s right. Robinson was left blind from a car accident nine years prior. The lightning strike partially cured his blindness.
Man Struck while Fishing
While fishing in Ponce Inlet, Florida, 55-year-old James Church was struck by lightning and sent flying 6 feet away into a metal railing. The strange part was that it was only lightly drizzling. After 9 hours of surgery, he survived, but he lost 2 fingers and part of his small and large intestines, along with burst eardrums.
Woman Struck in the Mouth
While cleaning her teeth, a lightning strike hit Natasha Timarovic in the mouth. The current ran through her body and exited out of her anus, leaving behind severe burns. Normally, when struck by lightning, the current goes down to a person’s feet, but she was wearing rubber soles. So, instead, the current went out the other direction.
Bolt Blasts into Girl's Room
In 1986, fifteen-year-old Jennifer Mann was reading Stephen King’s The Shining when something terrifying happened, and it wasn’t in his book. A bolt of lightning ripped through her wall and set her bed on fire. Fortunately, she only suffered ringing ears and a tingling jaw. But, she probably thought twice about the books she reads.
Girl Struck on a Sunny Day
Most people think you can only get struck by lightning during a storm. If only that were true for the 11-year-old girl living in Pennsylvania in 2011. The girl was struck by lighting even with the sun shining. Apparently, the bolt came from a storm miles away. They’re called “bolts from the blue” and are a very rare but dangerous phenomenon.
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Man Survives Strike and Gets a Mark
After running out to save his pumpkins from a bad storm, Winston Kemp, 24, was heading back toward his house and a bright blast came from his neighbor’s house. Other than being startled, he didn’t think much of it except when the pain started. He got blisters on his arms and was in so much pain he called in sick to work. Turns out, he was hit by “ground lightning.” What’s even more bizarre is the electricity left behind a big fractal scar.
Man Claims to be Struck 11 Times
62-year-old Melvin Roberts claims to have been struck by lightning 11 times in his life. He’s been struck in the sunshine, driving a bulldozer, and twice while mowing the lawn, but many are skeptical of his claims despite him showing medical records of injuries consistent with lighting strike burns.
Couple Struck while Having Sex
A couple in Western Germany were kissing in their car while parked near the busy A44 motorway. To get some privacy, they decided to head into the woods. Ignoring the oncoming storm, they eventually got spooked when a lightning bolt struck close by. Scared and naked, they ran through the rain until a police officer found them shivering in the bushes.
Lighting Strike Cures Cancer
While we should probably take this story with a grain of salt; it still is quite a bizarre story. A Tennessee farmer named Thomas Young was dying of cancer in 1932. While laying in a hammock, lightning struck the wires and went through Young himself and out the bottom of his shoes. His face was left disfigured, but his cancer was entirely gone.
Lightning Rides the Rails
A story in the New York Times in 1874 described a bizarre storm in Baltimore where flashes of lightning hit the nearby train tracks and took on the form of fireballs moving along the tracks. It cast a “lurid blue glare” in quick succession of each other.
Man Struck 7 Times
Roy Sullivan has been struck so many times by lightning, his unofficial nickname is “The Spark Ranger.” He’s a park ranger at Shenandoah National Park and while no one had seen him struck by lighting, he was able to prove it enough to convince the Guinness Book of World Records to give him the “Most lighting strikes survived” title. From 1948 to 1977, he had been struck by lightning seven times. Oddly enough, it wasn’t a lightning bolt that killed him, but a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Girls Saved by iPod
When Sophie Frost and her boyfriend tried to take shelter from a storm under a tree, she got struck by lightning. Fortunately for her, she had her iPod. Doctors believe the wire was able to divert 300,000 volts of electricity from hitting her vital organs. She suffered burns from her chest to her legs. She got the iPod as a present from her grandmother only four days before.
13-Year-Old Struck on 13:13 on Friday the 13th
Many people are terrified by the number 13, including Stephen King. In this case, their fear may be valid. In 2010, a 13-year-old boy at the Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival was struck by lightning on 13:13, and it was Friday the 13th. Fortunately, the boy was expected to make a full recovery.
Diver Had His Tank Struck
Of all the things to be worried about when you’re diving in the ocean, getting hit by lightning is unlikely one of them. Unfortunately for a 36-year-old diver off of Deerfield Beach, that’s exactly what happened. He had just surfaced to get back to his boat when lightning struck his air tank. His crew brought him back to the beach to give him CPR, but he didn’t make it.
Soccer Team Killed by Lightning
At Kinshasa, Congo in 1998, a strange and tragic thing happened during a soccer game. A lightning bolt struck and killed an entire soccer team while they were playing. 11 people died and 30 more reported having injuries. The local population attributed the event to witchcraft.
Struck while in the Shower
Of all places, you might think the shower would be a safe place from lightning strikes. Sadly, for 12-year-old Alice Svensson of Sweden, this wasn’t the case. Lightning hit the house and traveled through the pipes to the shower where she was holding the metal shower hose. She had pain in her arm, but luckily that was the extent of her injuries.
Meteorologist Struck by Lightning
Meteorologists know everything there is to know about lightning, but the last thing they want is to get up close and personal with it. Walking over to a metal window frame, Brad Sussman placed his hand on it and then he flew back 18 feet and landed on his back. The lightning blast blew a hole through his porch’s roof.
Biker Struck on the Penis
29-year-old Ante Djindji of Croatia may be the unlikeliest man alive. While taking a quick toilet break on the road, he was struck by lightning on the penis and knocked unconscious. Fortunately, he came out of the ordeal with only burns on his chest and arms.
Lightning Altered Girl's Synesthesia
Synesthesia is a unique phenomenon where people see colors with musical notes and can see auras around people. Sometimes words can evoke tastes or sounds can evoke touch. In this case, a 20-year-old girl named AB had synesthesia, but when she got struck by lightning, it took on new and weird forms, including seeing gold, silver, and colors that were “not even real colors.”
Ball of Lightning Struck an Airplane
While in flight over Moscow, a ball of lightning burned through the hull of a passenger airplane and flew over the heads of the passengers. No one was injured, but the radar and equipment were damaged. Needless to say, the pilots turned around to make an emergency landing.
Ric Flair's Umbrella
Entertainment wrestling star Ric Flair described a time he was struck by lightning, and it’s pretty unreal. While getting off a plane, he felt a pressure boom. Lightning hit his umbrella, and it flew out of his hand. Tragically, it hit the guy five-feet behind him in the eye and killed him. Flair said he stood petrified.
Criminal Lawyer Struck while on Boat
U.S. Attorney N. Graves Thomas, a criminal lawyer known for representing notorious clients, like police killers, drug smugglers, and white-collar crimes, stood on his boat during a thunderstorm, raised his hands, and declared, “Here I am.” Shortly afterward, a lightning bolt struck him dead.
James Otis Jr. Wished to be Struck by Lightning
James Otis Jr. had once been known for his ardent support of the American Revolution from England but relatively fell into obscurity. What’s even more bizarre is his statement to his sister, “My dear sister, I hope, when God Almighty in his righteous providence shall take me out of time into eternity that it will be by a flash of lightning.” His wish was granted in 1783 when a dark cloud appeared over the sky and a lightning bolt struck him dead.
Rev. T. H. Feagin Was Struck while Giving a Sermon
In 1908, Baptist minister Rev. T. H. Feagin was preaching a sermon one Sunday morning, and when he went down to greet his congregation and shake their hands, a lightning bolt shot into the church and killed him instantly.
Teen Couple Saved by Holding Hands
As a teen couple went to go grab burgers hand-in-hand, they suddenly felt like something was hitting them in the head. Dylan woke up curled in a ball three feet away from his girlfriend, Lexie. The lightning bolt hit Dylan in the head and the electricity shot through their arms and out of Lexie’s foot. A doctor told them holding hands saved their lives.