ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – Sean O’Connor says he’s lucky to be alive after being hit by lightning, reports WGCL-TV.

He tells the station he was getting ready to do yard work Saturday. “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.”

The Atlanta man tells the station the bold went through his feet and actually jolted him out of his shoes.

“My leg hairs were singed. I could smell the burnt hair,” he explained. “I looked across the driveway and I could see my boots over there. They were no longer on my feet, and one of them was smoking’. At that point I realized I had just been hit by lightning.”

His wife wasn’t home, so he called her and also sent her a video of his bleeding tongue and smoking shoes to prove what had happened.

His wife urged him to go to the emergency room right away, where doctors discovered the surge of electricity had caused his heart to beat irregularly.

“In my mind, I’d survived a lightning strike, and I didn’t think things could get any worse from there,” said O’Connor.

The CDC says  the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are only around 1 in 500,000.

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