Carolina Boy Shocked by Birthday Gift
"All of a sudden I heard a noise like
a gunshot and I could see a streak of fire from his head to his
Mary Ruppe, Grandmother
Boiling Springs- The family of 13-year-old
Tyler Horn knew that he would be in for a shock when he discovered
his birthday present, a new bicycle hidden in the carport.
Lightning struck beside the surprised teen just as he touched the
handlebar of the orange and blue bike- a surprise birthday present-
sending an electrical charge up his arm. The incident happened in
the family's carport around 5 p.m.
"I was standing here and I was curious to see his reaction
when he saw the bike," said his grandmother, Mary Ruppe. "All
of a sudden I heard a noise like a gunshot and I could see a streak
of fire from his head to his feet."
Tyler went into the carport after he was asked to get some ice from
the freezer. His family gathered by the door to watch him as he
discovered the bike, which was placed nearby.
That's when the lightning struck!
"I saw the bike and asked who who it was for, and they said
me," Horn said. "Then lightning struck and went through
my hand. It stung through my hand and numbed it. I couldn't feel
my fingers. My hand was white."
Tyler screamed in pain and shook violently as his dad rushed to
pick him up and carry him inside.
After medical assistance arrived, the teen's arm was examined and
, other than being shaken up, received no further injuries.
"We,re very, very fortunate. That's how we feel," said
Steve Horn, Tyler's dad.
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