Union Man Struck By Lightening, Happy to be Alive - WSPA.com

Union Man Struck By Lightening, Happy to be Alive

Posted: Updated:

A Union County man is happy to be alive after he said he was struck by lightening Tuesday. The strike reportedly happened outside of a Family Dollar on East Main Street in Union.

Kevin Steel said he was walking to the Family Dollar, as he often did, to pick up a few things in the afternoon Tuesday. Steel said the weather wasn't particularly poor, he said he simply remembered a large black cloud in the distance and a rumble or two of thunder.

"It wasn't raining or anything outside, which is the reason I was walking," said Steel. He approached an electric pole with a light on top, he explained. 

"Suddenly people started running up to me and asking me if I was alright and if I needed help. I Didn't feel anything and I don't remember anything, but they told be I stopped in my tracks," said Steel. 

Debbie Belk manages the Family Dollar Steel was standing in front of and said she heard a loud pop of thunder. She told 7 On Your Side that she saw Steel outside and that he looked stunned and confused.

"I asked him if he needed any help and he said he was fine but then he started to get a little more scared so we called 9-11," said Belk. 

Tom Beaty said he was near the store when the lightening strike happened and he heard a loud boom but wasn't sure what was hit.

"It was loud enough to where I knew something was hit, but I didn't know just what," said Beaty. 

Other customers nearby said they saw Steel being loaded into an ambulance. 

A representative from Wallace Thompson said Steel was admitted to the hospital and EMS personnel said Steel gave off a singed smell. 

Steel said he continues to feel dizzy and unsteady and will rest until he feels better. For now, he said he is just happy to be alive.

  • Top StoriesTop StoriesMore>>

  • Help Needed To Find Robert Price, Missing Easley Man

    Help Needed To Find Robert Price, Missing Easley Man

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:25 AM EDT2014-04-24 15:25:40 GMT
    Robert Moore PriceRobert Moore Price
    The Pickens County Sheriff's Office is asking for help to find a missing man from Easley. Robert Moore Price, 81, hasn't been heard from since a phone conversation around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday when he advised a family member he was lost and might be at an unknown address in Georgia.
    The Pickens County Sheriff's Office is asking for help to find a missing man from Easley. Robert Moore Price, 81, hasn't been heard from since a phone conversation around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday when he advised a family member he was lost and might be at an unknown address in Georgia.
  • VIDEO: Horse Carriage Crashes In Charleston Market

    VIDEO: Horse Carriage Crashes In Charleston Market

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:20 AM EDT2014-04-24 15:20:46 GMT
    The incident happened at 5:10 p.m. Tuesday on North Market Street and Anson Street.The incident happened at 5:10 p.m. Tuesday on North Market Street and Anson Street.
    Police in Charleston released video showing an accident when a carriage horse was spooked and crashed in the downtown Market district. One pedestrian along with three people on the carriage suffered scrapes and bruises. Our sister station WCBD-TV reports the horse is all right.
    Police in Charleston released video showing an accident when a carriage horse was spooked and crashed in the downtown Market district. One pedestrian along with three people on the carriage suffered scrapes and bruises. Our sister station WCBD-TV reports the horse is all right.
  • UC Synergetic Bringing 130 Jobs To Fort Mill

    UC Synergetic Bringing 130 Jobs To Fort Mill

    Thursday, April 24 2014 10:31 AM EDT2014-04-24 14:31:13 GMT
    UC Synergetic made a 10- year commitment to Fort Mill to put the headquarters in South Carolina.UC Synergetic made a 10- year commitment to Fort Mill to put the headquarters in South Carolina.
    UC Synergetic plans to move it's corporate headquarters to Fort Mill and bring 130 jobs to York County. The engineering and technical services company - which supports power and communications utilities - will invest $2.2 million for the office on North White Street
    UC Synergetic plans to move it's corporate headquarters to Fort Mill and bring 130 jobs to York County. The engineering and technical services company - which supports power and communications utilities - will invest $2.2 million for the office on North White Street
Powered by WorldNow

250 International Dr.
Spartanburg, S.C. 29303

Telephone: 864.576.7777
Fax: 864.587.5430
Email: webmaster@wspa.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.