An Atlanta man had a lucky escape after he was struck by lightning and blown clean out of his shoes - leaving them behind in a plume of smoke.
Sean O'Connor was working in his backyard on Saturday under clear skies when suddenly he heard a clap of thunder.
'Just as I picked up the rake, I heard a loud crashing sound,' O'Connor said. 'A few moments later I was picking myself up off the ground. I had the taste of blood in my mouth. I noticed my leg was burning a little bit.'
Home on his own, O'Connor was dazed and confused from the lightning strike and only realized what had happened exactly as he stood and caught a distinct whiff.
'My leg hairs were singed. I could smell the burnt hair,' he explained to CBS46.