Kapiti man struck by lightning
Joe Fraser can take a punch – but a bolt of lightning?
The Waikanae 67-year-old was standing in his living room on October 24 when a bolt of lightning struck his chimney, surged through the fire box, into his left leg and out his left index finger.
Mr Fraser remembers seeing a small green flash come out of his finger, and then his vision and speech going fuzzy.
‘‘I’d been outside in the garden when I saw lightning hit over by the hill, and then it hit a bit closer so I decided to come inside to be safe. Then it hit the house and I got hit anyway.
‘‘I stumbled over to the phone and just managed to speed dial my son, who lives next door. All I could say was that I’d been hit by lightning and that was it.’’
His son called an ambulance as soon as he got to the house, and it took about five minutes before Mr Fraser started to feel better.
He was taken to Wellington Hospital for observation, and his blood checked repeatedly overnight.
He said an American doctor, with previous experience of fork lightning victims, told him he was lucky he was not touching the chimney when the lightning struck.
‘‘I was about a foot away from it. If I’d been touching it I’d be history. I got pretty lucky, but I was still shocked that you can be struck by lightning inside your own house.’’
The only after effects he has is a bit of stiffness, and a burn on the end of his index finger.
He tried to transform his luck into money by buying, a Lotto ‘‘Strike’’ ticket, but that didn’t pay off.
‘‘No, I didn’t win. Used up all my luck obviously. It was worth a try though.’’
Meanwhile his mates at Kapiti Ten Pin bowling alley are having their fun with the lightning survivor.
‘‘They’re always asking me to ‘bowl a strike, bowl a strike’. They think it’s very funny.’’
- Kapiti Observer
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