Holding Hands May Have Saved The Lives Of Teens Struck By Lightning

| by Kathryn Schroeder

A Claremont, California, teenage couple was unharmed after lightning struck them because they were holding hands.

Dylan and Lexie were walking down the street on Thursday when they were struck by lightning, reports KPTV.

"It was more of a shove and it felt like I was getting hit over the head with metal or something," Dylan said.

The strike brought the couple to the ground.

"Next thing you know, we're on the ground and we gave each other the most terrified looks," Lexie said. "I kind of thought there was an earthquake."

The bolt of lightning hit Dylan in the head and traveled through his body into Lexie and then into the ground through her foot.

The couple were seen by Dr. Stefan Reynoso following the lightning strike and he believes their hand-holding may have saved them from being injured or killed.

"The chance of getting hit by lightning is very uncommon — perhaps one in a million," Reynoso said. "They were lucky they were holding hands. It helped diffuse that electrical current.”

Dylan and Lexie now joke that they have an “electric love.”

On Thursday, there were hundreds of lightning strikes across California as thunderstorms moved through the state, reports the Los Angeles Times. Over 500 lightning strikes occurred in Central and Northern California alone.

Sources: KPTV, Los Angeles Times / Photo credit: KPTV