Ed Johnson is a drummer and is used to loud sounds, but even he wasn't prepared for the commotion that hit him as he stood outside his home in South Surrey to watch the electrical storm.
"There was just a full frequency assault, loud bang, like a shotgun, only way louder than a shotgun. And it blew me back about three or four feet," he said.
The house had been hit by lightning only a metre from where he had been standing.
"It hit all four corners of the house. And then it ran all through the speaker wires, ran through my Christmas lights, knocked off a bunch of the ends of the Christmas lights," he said.
"It hit the roof and it must have forked and hit anything metal, like the eaves, troughs and the water spouts, 'cause there are burn marks all the way down the water spout."
In a couple of places the strike blew sockets right off the wall.
'Like a grenade went off'
While the porch hardware was being fried, Johnson's friend, Kevin Dunning, was walking around and watching the sky from the ground.
And then lightning hit him.
"It kind of felt like a grenade went off," Dunning said.
"Everything right in my face just turned into sparks."
Johnson said Dunning woke up lying on the ground, in a puddle of rainwater.
"He didn't know what happened," Johnson said.
"He didn't know what hit him, so he just let out this kinda 'yohoooooooo' and then I looked, and then he was on the ground and then he crawled into my house."
Johnson said Dunning's heart was racing.
Dunning told him that he couldn't feel everything.
"I was pretty much numb down the left side of my body," Dunning said.
"I had numbness down the right side of my arm, and I had a burning sensation in my foot."
Doctors checked him over and sent him home at midnight.
Never strikes twice?
Dunning said he felt good, thankful, and lucky — lucky, because this was his second brush with lightning.
He said that in 2002 he was on a beach with a friend in Thailand, preparing for a night dive. A fork hit the wet sand and the pair felt a jolt.
"One really, really bright one went off and we both felt it coming up all the way up our legs to the waist," Dunning said.
He said he no longer buys into the old saying that lightning never strikes the same place, or person, twice.
"Don't believe it, and if it's looking like it might: Go inside," Dunning said.
Johnson is also having second thoughts about storm watching, and decided he should go see a doctor as well.
He hasn't been able to hear in one ear since the lightning strike.
"For the first hour I had a high pitched ringing and now I don't have anything," Johnson said.
He said that next time there's thunder and lightning brewing, he'll act differently.
"I'm just gonna stay inside. I'm gonna go in the basement and hide," he said.Suggest a correction