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August 13, 2017

What is it like to be struck by lightning?


For an article that appeared in the July 13, 2017 Guardian, Charlotte Huff interviewed a number of survivors.

Their accounts are beyond harrowing.

From the story: "Of every 10 people hit by lightning, nine will survive to tell the tale. But they could suffer a variety of short- and long-term effects. The list is lengthy and daunting: cardiac arrest, confusion, seizures, dizziness, muscle aches, deafness, headaches, memory deficits, distractibility, personality changes, and chronic pain, among others."

Below, a shirt, boot, and hat worn by people struck by lightning (all survived).


LS & ESSI (Lightning Strike & Electric Shock Survivors, International) is an organization whose members share one thing: they've all been struck by lighting.

The group began in the early 1990s with 13 survivors and now has nearly 2,000 members, in the U.S. and 13 other countries.


Apply within.

August 13, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


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