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Man struck by lightning strike so severe it blasted him out of his SHOES

•, By James Nye

 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. 

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Comment by Ed Price
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I wonder if spontaneous human combustion has anything to do with ball lightening, which can appear anywhere for seemingly any or no reason. In THIS case, the lightening thought it had a ground, but the soles of the shoes tricked it into a form of capacitance that reacted with the natural capacitance in the ground, triggering a reversal of polarity inside the guy, which acted to repel him away from his shoe-sole capacitors.

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