The odds of being struck by lightning are 700,000 to 1 - but a 14 year old Oregon boy can tell you that if you decide to walk across an open field during a thunderstorm, they get a whole lot better. All he can remember is that he was playing basket ball inside the School Gym after school, the lights went out, a group of him and his friends went outside, and he walked aross the feild ... the next thing he new he woke up laying on the ground. The lightning struck him on the right side of the head and exited his ankle. He was burned but is alive and in good spirits just 5 days after this accident. He jokes: " Some people are calling me Miracle Boy, but i kind of like Sparky! " ... for the full story visit: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31165312/%22
WARNING FYI : A storm does not have to be directly overhead to be dangerous. The weather service says that lightning can strike up to 10 miles from the main body of a thunderstorm. If you can hear thunder, then you can be struck. Lightning can also enter open windows and doors to stike people indoors.