Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.

News

Electric Love: Teens Survive Lightning Strike By Holding Hands

Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.

They say young love can be electric, but this teen couple probably didn't expect such a literal interpretation.

While walking along a tree-lined street in Claremont on Thursday, teen couple Dylan and Lexie were reportedly hit by lightning and knocked to the ground. According to their doctor, Stefan Reynoso, the couple remarkably managed to survive the strike because they were holding hands. "The chance of getting hit by lightning is very uncommon and perhaps one in a million,"; Reynoso told CBS LA. "These two were lucky that they were holding hands. It helped to diffuse the electrical current that ran through their bodies."

A passerby confirmed that he saw a bolt of lightning hit the couple, likely a part of severe thunderstorms passing through the area. Reynoso suspects that lightning first hit Dylan's head and then travelled through the couple's hands and exited to the ground through Lexie's foot. "It was more of just kind of a shove, you know, and it felt kind of like I was getting hit over the head with metal or something," Dylan explains. The next moment, the couple found themselves on the ground. Lexie explains, "It was definitely weird. I kind of thought there was an earthquake."

Reynoso reports that the two teenagers are doing fine, and the couple now jokes that they share an "electric love." No word yet if there will be a rom-com based on their story.