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Boy, 13, Hit By Lightning At 13:13 on Fri. the 13th

What Are the Chances?

A 13-year-old boy in England was struck by lightning – at 13:13 hours on Friday the 13th.

NBC News is reporting the boy was watching an air show when he was struck.  He’s expected to make a full recovery.  He was treated for burns to his shoulder but, overall, the boy is lucky to be alive.

Rex Clarke, leader of the St. John Ambulance team that treated the child, told the Mirror what happened.

“Suddenly there was this huge crack of lightning really close to the seafront and really loud thunder,” said Clarke. “Seconds later we got a call someone had been hit. The boy was breathing and was conscious.”

“He had a minor burn to his shoulder and was taken to hospital as a precaution. It could have been a lot worse,” he said, adding: “It’s all a bit strange that he was 13, and it happened at 13:13 on Friday the 13th.”

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August 15, 2010 - Posted by | News & Current Events | , , , , , , ,

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