Man Survives Lightning Strike

June 27, 2011 Updated Jun 27, 2011 at 6:37 PM EDT

By WKBW News

June 27, 2011 Updated Jun 27, 2011 at 6:37 PM EDT

(Darien, N.Y.) Last Thursday, Jeff Fletcher was watching the Weather Channel in his taxidermy shop as a storm moved overhead.

Fletcher had his arm on a drill press when suddenly he felt his arm tremble and the hairs on his neck stand straight out.

As he tried to back away, he saw a bright flash and heard what sounded like an explosion.

Next thing he knew, Jeff Fletcher was lying ten feet away from where he had been standing - the force of the lightning blast having tossed him across the room.

"One second, I was a 43-year old thinking man, the next I was an 18-month old crying baby because I was scared to death" says Jeff Fletcher.

Fletcher was treated at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia where they found that he had indeed been hit by a large jolt of electricity.

"I guess it wasn't my time," comments Jeff Fletcher, who is handling the whole ordeal with a good sense of humor.

Jeff still has leg numbness, a small hole in the bottom of his little toe, and problems with one of his eyes.

However, Fletcher says he is now suffering through the endless jokes from his friends who have nicknamed him "Mr. Lightning Bolt" and jokingly ask him to jump start their cars.

"I'm just glad to be alive," Jeff Fletcher adds.

Authorities warn people to stay away from water and electrical systems during storms because they can conduct the charge from a lightning strike to people on the inside of a building.