DeLand man survives lightning strike

DeLand man survives lightning strike

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DELAND, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) - A DeLand father was sent to the hospital after the shed he was in was struck by lightning. Jim Gillette is still amazed how lightning nearly killed his son-in-law, David Johnson. He was in his backyard under a shed with a metal rooftop.

"It was like a bomb went off! 'Bang! Boom!'” said Johnson’s father-in-law Jim Gillette.

Gillete says Johnson was sitting on the bench when lightning struck the roof and then it traveled through these chains.

"It kind of dazed him and he said sparks were flying off of him everywhere,” said Gillette.

Gillette called 911 and Johnson was taken to the hospital Thursday around 6:30 p.m.  He was only there for a couple of hours and came home that same night.

"They wanted him to go to the hospital and get checked out because they said sometimes the shock will affect your brain and your heart,” said Gillette.

A Florida company called "Lightning Experts" says the likelihood of someone actually getting hit by lightning is rare.

"The chances of somebody being hit directly would be a million to one and if the person got hit directly there would be nothing left anyway," said the company owner Louis Diaz. "When it hits nearby what happens lightning travels so fast looking for an out."

In other words, Johnson is one lucky guy.

"He got up and went to work this morning and he says he feels fine,” said Gillette.

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