N.C. firefighter struck by lightning responding to a lightning strike

Fire Chief Jay Laughmiller was looking for a suspected brush fire started by lightning when he was struck


By FR1 Staff

COROLLA, N.C. -- A volunteer firefighter was struck by lightning on Tuesday while responding to a call of a brush fire started by a lightning strike.

The Charlotte Observer reported that Carova Fire and Rescue Fire Chief Jay Laughmiller was consulting with a man to determine where the brush fire was happening, when he was struck by lightning. The bystander was also shocked.

A number of people have reported being struck by lightning in the Carolinas this month, with one killing a 39-year-old man and another striking a couple while they were in the water. (Photo/Wikimedia Commons)
A number of people have reported being struck by lightning in the Carolinas this month, with one killing a 39-year-old man and another striking a couple while they were in the water. (Photo/Wikimedia Commons)

Both men were taken to the hospital, and later released.

Laughmiller said he experienced a “loud crack and flash of light.”

“It basically felt like someone hit me over the head with a frying pan,” he said.

A number of people have reported being struck by lightning in the Carolinas this month, with one killing a 39-year-old man and another striking a couple while they were in the water.

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