CLAREMONT, Calif. – Two California teenagers say they are a little sore after being struck by lightning.
Lexie Varga and Dylan Corliss suffered minor injuries after being struck by lightning on Thursday.
According to a doctor, their injuries could have been much worse had it not been for the fact that they were walking hand in hand.
Corliss says he and Varga were going to grab lunch when a storm moved in to the area. The next thing they knew, they were on the sidewalk, screaming.
“Next thing you know, we are on the ground and we gave each other the most terrified looks you could possibly imagine,” Varga said. “It was definitely weird. I kind of thought there was an earthquake.”
“It was more of just kind of a shove, you know, and it felt kind of like I was getting hit over the head with metal or something,” Corliss said.
Varga said she landed about three feet from where the couple had been standing.
The couple says they weren’t injured, so they continued on to grab lunch.
Later in the day, their parents urged them to see a doctor.
Reynoso told the teens it’s likely the lightning entered through Corliss’ head, traveled through their hands and exited through Varga’s left foot.
Had they not been holding hands, he says, Corliss’ injuries may have resulted in heart problems or serious burns.