Two Boys Indirectly Struck By Lightning

By: Erin Pulsanti Email
By: Erin Pulsanti Email

It was a scary afternoon for two brothers at the West Virginia Interstate Fair and Expo when they were indirectly struck by lightning.

Keith and Kyle Townsend's mom says the two were rolling out the awning of a camper when it was struck by lightning. The bolt ran through their arms and exited their feet. Both of the boys have burns on the bottom of their feet but were checked out by emergency officials and deemed okay to show their animals.

This is the second lightning strike in one week and area E.M.T's want to remind everyone to seek shelter if a storm is on the way.

"If you're going to be an area like the fairgrounds, find shelter in advance. If you know it's going to get bad find that shelter in advance," explains Amanda Cunningham, a firefighter and E.M.T with the Eastwood Volunteer Fire Department. "As soon as it looks like its going to get bad, go ahead and seek that shelter. Things can be replaced. Don't try to take down awnings, don't try to take down canopies, just get in that shelter as quickly as you can."

Sheila Townsend said she planned to take the boys to the hospital after their shows were complete.


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