Lightning strike blows Georgia man out of his boots

Sean O'Connor was outside about to do yard work when he was blown out of his boots by a lightning strike.

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evere weather has been sweeping the nation, and one Georgia man is lucky to be alive after his encounter with it this weekend.

Sean O'Connor was outside getting ready to do yardwork when he was hit by lightning. He said the sun was out and he couldn't see or hear thunder and lightning.

"Just as I picked up the rake, I heard a loud crashing sound," O'Connor said. "A few moments later I was picking myself up off the ground. I had the taste of blood in my mouth. I noticed my leg was burning a little bit."

He was home alone at the time, so it took him a bit to realize what had happened. It was when he saw his boots across the driveway -- one of them still smoking -- that he realized he'd been hit by lightning.

He took a video to prove to his wife that he wasn't joking. She urged him to go to the emergency room right away. Doctors kept him overnight because a lightning strike interrupts the heart's own electrical system.

O'Connor realizes the severity of the situation, but is taking it in stride.

"I've had a lot of friends comment and ask if I can now bend spoons with my mind. Which I don't."