Recently surfaced footage shows a weatherman in China being struck by lightning during a live weather forecast.
Liu Xiaodong, a reporter for Chinese news station Dalian Weather TV, was reporting live from the roof of a multi-story building during a thunderstorm. As he was elaborating about the turbulent weather conditions, the sky erupted and a flash of lightning was seen in the background. This was the moment when the reporter suddenly moved forward yelling in pain before throwing his umbrella on the floor.
He was struck by the lightning.
Talk about a literal news flash.
Apparently, the umbrella in his hand contained metal, which attracted the electrical charge. Fortunately, Liu only suffered from minor injuries but the potentially deadly incident left him shaken.
The reporter who braved the lightning effects mentioned that his hands, arms and fingers felt numb — like “ants were crawling over them.”
“I saw a yellow spark on my hand and the umbrella handle,” he said. “The electricity traveled up my forearm and my hand was numb afterward.”
Liu also reported pain in his palm. The cameraman had an umbrella with a wooden handle and was thus spared from the horror.
This isn’t the first time a reporter risked his life. People rely on television to get updates of all kinds and reporters go through difficult circumstances throughout their career to keep their viewers posted about everything happening around them.
Just recently, a team of reporters experienced a massive volcano eruption while filming a report about advances in volcano monitoring. The boiling rocks of magma could have easily killed them — just like the electricity could have harmed Liu.