Love struck

News smidgen: Two teenagers have just added another chapter to their love story, one that includes possibly being struck by lightning in Claremont.

Source: Teenagers Say They Were Struck By Lightning In Claremont

Dylan and Lexie were walking along a tree-lined street in Claremont, California when it appears they were hit by lightning.

“Next thing you know, we are on the ground and we gave each other the most terrified looks you could possibly imagine,” Lexie said. “It was definitely weird. I kind of thought there was an earthquake.”

A witness told them he saw a lightning bolt hit them. The doctor who treated the pair said that holding hands diffused the electrical current through them or it might have been fatal.


  3 comments for “Love struck

  1. Bob
    August 10, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Um, is the doctor doing a little bs-ing there? The strike would take the path of least resistance regardless of whether or not they were holging hands. Right? Also, if he were right, it’s the difference between enough energy to power a city for two years vs only enough for a year. Not much of a difference for the human body, I imagine.

  2. Paul de Boer
    August 10, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    Unless they were holding hands very awkwardly, the right hand rule would only apply to one of them.

  3. Ronald H. Pine
    August 10, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    Of course people get hit by lightening all the time and survive. This appears to have happened to some high risk people more than once, or at least so it is (plausibly) claimed. As I’ve stated before in Doubtful News, I myself was hit once. It knocked me unconscious for a while and I had only lateral peripheral vision in both eyes for about 15 minutes afterward, but otherwise I was unharmed. There was a flagpole not far away and I wonder if a main bolt hit it and I got only a weaker, subsidiary bolt and that’s why I wasn’t hurt. I assume that the “doubtful” issue that resulted in this post appearing here is the extent to which holding hands can be regarded as having anything to do with the two people being unharmed.

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