Currently reading : Lightning Flowers
Occasionally when people are struck by lightening and survive their skin is semi permanently scared with a lightening like scar. The scientific word for this is a ‘Lichtenberg figure‘ but it is more commonly known as a lightning flower. These beautiful and organic shapes are also relatively lethal and are commonly used to signify the cause of someones death. They are thought to be caused by the rupture of small capillaries under the skin due to the passage of the lightning current from the lightning discharge as it flashes over the skin.
However, there have been numerous cases of survivors, some only experiencing the scars on their bodies for a couple of hours before disappearing, but last summer a man in Texas experienced his for well over a month.
You can read his story here. Apparently he didn’t even realise he’d been struck by lightning….