Oklahoma Man Recovering from
A 21-year-old Collinsville man is home,
recovering from injuries he received from a lightning strike.
Josh Kelley was shutting the door to his home on North Garnett Road
when he was apparently struck by lightning. "It felt like I
got shocked at least a thousand times," Kelley said. "You
could smell it where it kind of burnt my Hand."
Josh's mother, Cindy Kelley, said that she was walking from the
other end of the residence when she witnessed her son being thrown
to the floor. "I just saw him flying in from the front door,
just like a rocket," she said. She said that her son probably
landed a good 15 to 20 feet from where he was standing.
According to his mother, the impact of the lightning strike left
Josh in a moaning heap. The fingertips of his of his right hand
were blackened, and it was several minutes before he could unclench
his hand and straighten his arm and nearly an hour passed before
he began to regain feeling in the extremities.
"It felt like I got hit by a truck,"
Josh said. He wasn't hospitalized but emergency personnel at the
scene said that Kelley likely sustained an indirect lightning strike.
His parents have been monitoring his
condition, checking for chest pain, headaches and confusion. Luckily,
other than some sore fingers, Josh says that he has no lingering
effects from the trauma.