What Happens If You're Struck By Lightning?

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.

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    Every second, lightning strikes about 100 times around the world. (0:04)

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    If you survive being struck by lightning, here's what to expect: (1:53)

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    Being struck by lightning is not something many doctors are prepared to treat. (3:09)

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