Watch: Brothers Snap Pic Before Being Struck by LightningThey were laughing as their hair stood up -- but not for long
A photo taken at California's Moro Rock in 1975 showing two brothers just moments before they were struck by lightning is captivating internet users. Michael McQuilken, pictured at right, recalled the August day in an article recently posted online. He and his two brothers, his sister and a friend had just hiked to the top of Moro Rock in Sequoia National Park and were taking in the view when their hair started standing on end. They thought it was funny. He and his brother, Sean, posed for a photo.
McQuilken recalls what happened next:
I distinctly remember feeling weightless, and that my feet were no longer touching the ground. For some reason, it felt like a number of seconds transpired, even though I realize that lightning strikes are instantaneous. A deafening explosion followed, and I found myself on the ground with the others. Sean was collapsed and huddled on his knees. Smoke was pouring from his back. I rushed over to him and checked his pulse and breathing. He was still alive. I put out the embers on his back and elbows and carried him down the path towards the parking lot, with the rest of the group following.
Sean suffered third-degree burns but survived. Sadly, one man in the area who was struck did not.PHOTOS ON SKYE: Lightning Strikes Across the World