Hand-holding saves teenage couple from lightning strike

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CLAREMONT, CA. – A doctor says two teenagers with an “electric” love are unharmed because they were holding hands during a lightning strike.

Dylan and Lexie were walking down a tree-lined street in Claremont when a nearby thunderstorm interjected itself into their romantic moment.

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

The lightning strike knocked the couple down and gave them more of a scare than it did actual injuries.

“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.”

A passerby reported seeing the lightning hit them and their doctor, Stefan Reynoso, said it was an innocent intimate gesture that made the difference in their survival.

“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.”

Reynoso said the bolt hit Dylan in the head and traveled through his body into Lexie and into the ground through her foot.

Lexie’s mother heard thunder from the lightning strike and was concerned for their safety since she knew they had gone for a walk.

“I immediately texted Lexie and I think I said something like you two are back home, aren’t you,” her mother said.

Lexie texted back that they got hit and had contacted some friends, one of whose mother was a nurse, about what to do.

Being shot by Cupid will probably have a longer lasting effect on the couple, because Reynoso says they are both doing fine.

The teenagers now joke they have an “electric love.”

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