Wednesday, August 10, 2011

There Isn't an Umbrella Worth Getting Hit by Lightning Over

Posted By on Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 2:00 PM

There are times when I think about mistakes I've made...foolish errors that I now regret. Next time I go to that emotional place, I'll just consider the guy who went outside to get his umbrella out of a lightning storm:

A 61-YEAR-old man has survived after being struck by lightning at his East Lancashire home.

Kevin Holden, of Deepdale Court, Barrowford, was thrown four feet into the air after being hit by the lightning bolt.

Mr Holden is thought to have survived after grabbing hold of a stainless steel sink which absorbed the charge. He had also been wearing trainers at the time.

However, he was left shaking, his right arm was tingling and he had a ringing headache after the lightning surge left his body.

Mr Holden had opened his back door to watch the lightning in Saturday morning’s storm when his house began shaking and the letter box was rattling with the intensity of the storm.

Remembering his large golfing umbrella was outside, he leaned out to grab hold of it and began opening and closing it to shake off the rain.

But within moments he saw a bright blue flash and was then thrown four feet backwards with the umbrella shooting off into the garden.

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