A lightning strike nearly claimed the life of Coweta County, Georgia man doing yard work over the weekend.
Sean O’Connor told WSB-TV in Atlanta he was raking leaves Saturday afternoon when a bolt of lightning struck him in his right foot.
O’Conner said he thought he was hit by a falling tree limb but when he stood up he realized he had blood in his mouth and could smell burnt hair.
His leg also felt like he gotten a bad sunburn.
O’Conner took a picture of his smoking boot and sent them to his wife who wasn’t home at the time, telling her the lightning strike knocked him out of his steel-toe boots.
His wife came home and rushed him to the hospital where he says everyone looked at him funny because they didn’t believe him.
He said doctors hooked him up to an EKG and realized how serious the injury was.
O’Connor said the doctors were concerned about his dropping heart rate.
Though he was not seriously injured, he oddly claimed the left side of his body was in pain after being struck in the right foot.
*WSB-TV contributed to this report.
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