What Happens When You’re Struck By Lightning?


I’m going to try and make it through an
episode about lightning without making a single electricity pun. I know, shocking. Welp, I tried. Hey there, Julian here for DNews. Odds are at some point in your life you’ve
seen a thunderstorm but you’ve probably never taken part in one. The chances of being hit by lightning in the
US in a given year are about 1 in a million, so unless you’re one of the few who has
been singled out by Zeus, you’ll never know what it’s like to have a stormcloud personally
bully you. Lucky for you, I can tell you all about it,
in agonizing detail. Now of course on DNews we’ve talked about lightening in past in the past and how it works but to jolt your memory I’ll just re-explain that The conventional wisdom on lightning is it’s
caused when a static charge builds up in a cloud. It’s still debated how exactly, but the
simplest explanation is ice descending from the top of the cloud strips electrons from
water droplets ascending from the bottom, and after a while there’s a massive negative
charge at the base. The negati ve charge is so strong it actually
repels electrons on earth, pushing them down into the ground, and the surface of the earth
becomes positively charged. Like teenage lovebirds, opposites attract,
and eventually the air, which serves as the stern parents in this analogy, can’t keep
the charges apart. They overcome the insulative properties of
the air, and a stream of electrons shoots down to the ground and sparks fly. Isn’t science romantic? But if someone’s in the middle, they’re
going to get hurt. Delivering up to a billion volts and billions
of watts, a bolt of lightning can be fatal, and 10 percent of the time it is. There are a few different ways a jolt from
the heavens can finish you off. A number of your bodily systems rely on an
electrical rhythm, and a zap from God’s shock collar can throw those out of whack. One of the leading causes of death is cardiac
arrest, though respiratory arrest and seizures aren’t uncommon either. Even if your brain doesn’t misfire, it can
still be cooked by the intense heat of the bolt. If you’re not killed, that same heat will
probably leave third degree burns at the points the lightning entered and exited your body. It could set your hair and clothes on fire. And any metal you’re wearing like necklaces
or belt buckles will also become superheated, leaving burns. Lightning also heats the air around you, up
to 20,000 degrees celsius, or over three times hotter than the surface of the sun. That rapid heating causes the air to expand. If you’re farther away, you would hear it
as a sound wave, aka a crack of thunder. But if you’re standing in the middle of
it, that expansion is actually a shock wave. It can send you flying, burst your eardrums,
tear your clothes to shreds, and literally knock your shoes off. Yes, apparently being struck by lightning
is excruciatingly painful with a touch of slapstick comedy. Effects of being struck by lightning can linger
long after the storm has passed, and unless you’re Tony Cicoria, who got a bolt to the
face and became a piano virtuoso, usually they’re not superpowers. Chronic pain, headaches, personality change,
difficulty concentrating, and muscle twitches are just a few of the long term effects reported
by lightning strike victims. Not to mention the physical scars, which in
the case of Lichtenberg figures, actually resemble lightning itself. On the plus side, that’s about a million
times more badass than getting a barbed wire tattoo. But did you know that lightning can also happen
INSIDE A VOLCANO? We have more about how lightning forms and
how the heck this volcano lightning happens here. Statistically one of you watching has been
struck by lightning. If you have or know someone who has, tell
us about it!

100 thoughts on “What Happens When You’re Struck By Lightning?

  • So yesterday I was going to eat and then we came home it was storming this is when I started getting scared depression where I just stand still scared. I was going home and then I was getting out the car and a lightening bolt hit the street light behind me I got so scared now I barley play outside when its not even raining because I am so scared

  • Ugly people needs to get strucked by lightning because it will make them the hottest people in the world.

  • I got struck by lightning a few times , but it was only my right hand. I had to get a robotic prosthetic hand. Lightning is no joke.

  • Years ago my dad pulled over onto the side of the road during a storm to help a couple who slipped off the road on a motorbike. Him and his friends were all trying to push the bike up the small slope back onto the road when it got stuck by lightning.
    He wasn't directly hit, just the bike. Apparently, him and all his friends were thrown back onto the ground and one of them had burns on their hands. He described it feeling exactly how he imagined it would feel, A huge electric shock and scorching hot.

    My sister also had a dangerously close call when she was running in an athletics race out on a massive field during a storm and lighting his just a few feet behind her. My family has a weird thing with lightning lol.

  • one time i was walking under rain when the lightning struck a light pole only 1 meter away from me and even though i wasnt directly hit by the lightning i my left eye ( the closest to the pole ) was blind for half a day and i felt the hot air hit my body like someone opened a giant oven right next to me i hear a really loud buzzing on the pole but thankfully i survived with minimum possible injury down side i'm really paranoid when i walk in the rain now

  • My grandpa was struck by lightning twice in his lifetime. He also drove a large fuel tanker semi truck on the wrong side of the road in the 1940s. He ended up dying of alcohol poisoning.

  • What happens when u get struck by lightning 🌩 u become the FLASH lol 😂 but this vid did help

  • I've been struck by lightning when I was 7 and that was year 2003. I remember seeing a white light that blinded me and felt like being hit so hard at my back. Since that day I started growing white and gray hair. I'm the only one in the family who has gray hair and they also believe that it could be that incident that cause my hair to grow gray and white.

  • That feel when you love watching storms and you wind up paranoid googling if you had been struck by lightning.

  • I got hit by lightning on bicycle. I was near the coast riding home one day and suddenly felt a jolt kinda like getting slapped. At first i didnt know it was lightning. I thought i was getting run over. Instinctively i took my hand of the handle and a spark flew out. Oddly enough i didnt get any burns and got home. Still im not sure what happened. I was very very lucky i think. I could have died but didnt

  • I love how getting struck by lightning is 1/1,000,000. Yet there are only 2.3k Comments and I've already read like 50 people saying they've been struck, Like if you're tired of people making up stuff for attention lol

  • To become the flash.
    1. Get particle accelerator, have it explode.
    2. Get a bolt of lightning, an electric chair would be suitable

  • I was fighting someone at one time and lightning struck right between us right after I jumped back I had 3 degree burns

  • The chances are more than 1 in a Million. If the mostly severe part of the storm is right over you, what makes you think the lightning will be 5 miles away instead??

  • If you simply grab dark matter and inject it to a human that lighting will go for it and it's known as purple lightning as that electrical substance is circling in the body they both combined and mutate the cells, which is how you may create the flash or a speedster, it can easily be done but some slight sideaffects, and may need particles and neutrons and atoms from the particle accelerator!

  • yes the third time i was struck by lighting was about twenty years ago right up my right arm i was at a town visiting a home were a friend used to live but he had moved from there a lady in the home seen me struck by lighting while holding her aluminum door by the handle at the time and then it struck me she was going to give me a phone number to get ahold of my friend who used to live in the home and as i was going to open the door. lighting bolt went down and up my right arm the lady asked me young man are you alright and i stated i believe i was and walked back to the car while it was raining to my exwife was in the car along with a elderly pastor friend of mine we had just returned to texas from Oklahoma we were in dublin texas coming back from Duncan Oklahoma i drove all the back from dublin texas that day without stoping until Johnson city heading back to san Antonio Texas i never will forget each and every time i had been struck by lighting it was an experience each time i never will forget

  • yes the third time i was struck by lighting was about twenty years ago right up my right arm i was at a town visiting a home were a friend used to live but he had moved from there a lady in the home seen me struck by lighting while holding her aluminum door by the handle at the time and then it struck me she was going to give me a phone number to get ahold of my friend who used to live in the home and as i was going to open the door. lighting bolt went down and up my right arm the lady asked me young man are you alright and i stated i believe i was and walked back to the car while it was raining to my exwife was in the car along with a elderly pastor friend of mine we had just returned to texas from Oklahoma we were in dublin texas coming back from Duncan Oklahoma i drove all the back from dublin texas that day without stoping until Johnson city heading back to san Antonio Texas i never will forget each and every time i had been struck by lighting it was an experience each time i never will forget

  • I knew a guy who was mountain climbing in the Andes and lightning struck a Japanese woman 20 feet away from him. He was knocked to the ground and when he came to, the top half of the Japanese woman's body was at his feet and her legs were still stuck in the snow. She literally exploded. When he came back down he took of his backpack. Her eyeball fell to the ground. It probably got lodged on top where his body met the backpack.

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  • My far cousin long ago went to the field to cut down grass with his scythe.
    It was sunny day light and not even a single cloud was there.
    It was hot summer cloudless sunny day.
    Seconds after he swung with his scythe, the thunder lightning had stricken him out of clear sunny cloudless sky.
    He died on site after his whole body burnt to coal.
    Very strange but true story.
    So you may never know if you are destined to be struck by the lightning thunder.
    And you won't escape if it's your destiny to get killed like that.

  • This is funny right read me trys to get struck by lighting to get speed me after got struck by lightning gets no power me how dumb can i be

  • Ive been struck by a vision and i saw my self using a shock yesterday i saw mini lightning bolts around my arm

  • I was struck by lightning 10 years ago. I was wringing out a large sponge over a Home Depot bucket filled with water. The sponge lite up in my hands. The feeling and sound was indescribable

  • I got hit in the early 90s and it's rearing it's head now , it's caused me a lot of grief and pain , I never went to a dr. Then but now the effects are dibilatating, I think I was 37 when I got hit !

  • This last Friday in my area we had a lightning storm. I was standing on my porch putting my cigarette out and lightning struck my neighbor satellite dish. But it also got me at the same time. Had looks like a whip mark on my shoulder and one of my toes had a burn on it. My heart rhythm was wonky for about a half an hour but I've been fine ever since

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