Man Survives Lightening Bolt To Ear, Bursting Into Flames

August 3, 2009

UK (ChattahBox) – A man showed that some people were just born lucky, after he survived being struck by lightening in the ear, and then bursting into flames.

The lightening bolt that hit 38-year-old Brad Gifford was approximately 300,000-volts, and passed completely through his body, knocking him out cold, and burning a large portion of his body.

“I was six feet from Brad and saw the whole of the right side of his chest was on fire,” Edward Foster, who had been walking his dog with Gifford when it happened, was quoted in The Daily Mail.

“His eyes were closed, he was still standing bolt upright and then suddenly keeled over. I though he was dead and screamed his name at the top of my voice. It was the most terrifying thing I’ve ever seen – It’s probably just as well he can’t remember much.”

Gifford had been walking his dog when the storm began, and took cover under a tree.

Eleven percent of his body was badly burned, his ear drums both burst, and he was definitely in pain, but is recovering. His dogs were not injured.


2 Responses to “Man Survives Lightening Bolt To Ear, Bursting Into Flames”

  1. Harry on August 3rd, 2009 12:18 pm

    Natural electrical discharges during thunderstorms are called “lightning”. “Lightening” is the process of making something less dense or heavy.

  2. Old Man Dotes on August 3rd, 2009 4:14 pm

    If this is your idea of being lucky, I hate to even consider what you might call unlucky. Well, I guess the dogs were lucky.

    You would think that after more than a century of people being told “stay away from trees during a thunderstorm,” everyone would have gotten a clue.

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