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Teenage Girl Struck by Lightning Inside Her Own Home

Newsweek logo Newsweek 5/17/2022 Khaleda Rahman
Firefighters respond to lightning strikes at homes in North Huntingdon Township, Pennsylvania, on Monday. © Circleville Volunteer Fire Department Firefighters respond to lightning strikes at homes in North Huntingdon Township, Pennsylvania, on Monday.

A teenage girl survived being struck by lightning while inside her home in Pennsylvania.

Giana Scaramuzzo's home on Sedona Drive in North Huntingdon Township was among at least five that were hit by lightning on Monday night.

"All of a sudden I hear the loud sound of thunder, and then I see lightning, and I see it reflect from my mirror, and all of a sudden I feel like a shock in my pinky, and then it goes up my body and out through my leg," Scaramuzzo told local news station WTAE.


The 15-year-old said she was alright and was treated by paramedics. They checked her blood pressure, which was normal, and sent the results of an electrocardiogram, a test that measures electrical activity generated by the heart, to a local hospital.

"I'm a little scared, still in shock," Scaramuzzo said. "It's kind of like I'm shaky and uneasy too."

Keith Gray, the fire captain at the Circleville Fire Department, told that station that the lighting went through Scaramuzzo's pinky finger and out of her left leg.

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In a post shared on Facebook on Monday night, the fire department said: "Station 8 was was activated to the 12000 block of Sedona Drive for a house struck by lightning. Crews from 8,1,6, and 14 searched the house for fire with negative results. 5 additional houses were effected by the strike. One injury was reported and was cleared by NHTEMS. Salvage 63 also assisted in covering a large hole in the roof."

Scaramuzzo could not immediately be reached for further comment. The fire department has also been contacted for comment.

The incident comes after a lightning strike destroyed a single toilet in an apartment building in Okmulgee, about 40 miles south of Tulsa, Oklahoma, earlier this month of May.

About 10 percent of people who are struck by lightning die, most commonly due to heart attacks, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

To protect oneself from a lightning strike, the CDC advises people inside during thunderstorms to stay off corded phones and not use computers or electronic equipment.

They are also advised to stay away from windows and doors and stay out of the shower and away from other plumbing.

Those outside during thunderstorms should seek shelter immediately, the CDC says. People should not lie on the ground or seek shelter under a tree.

For more information about how to stay safe, visit the CDC's lightning safety page.

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