What Happens If You're Struck By Lightning?
Lightning flowers are an example of a Lichtenberg figure-the branching picture created by an electric discharge-and are some of the more harmless effects of a lightning strike. Getting hit with such a strong bolt of electricity is liable to shred your clothing, cause third-degree burns, and stop your heart. Fortunately, the majority of people who are struck by lightning survive.
Key Facts In This Video
Every second, lightning strikes about 100 times around the world. (0:04)
If you survive being struck by lightning, here's what to expect: (1:53)
Being struck by lightning is not something many doctors are prepared to treat. (3:09)