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Union Man Struck By Lightening, Happy to be Alive

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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.

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