Had my close encounter with lightning some 40+ years ago . Sizzling and popping and hit the ground about ten feet from me , between the house and a big maple . Sparks flying out of the hot water baseboard heaters and sounded like someone hittin' momma's big fiberglass laundry room sink with a hammer ,,,multiple times . It didn't ruin the TV, but it turned it on ,,,FULL VOLUME !! Dad was dancing all over the house ,,really fast,,,putting out little fires in the carpet .
We lived throught it with only the loss of the ON/OFF switch of the TV . And nobody soiled their britches [8|].
So, when I'm hunting, and that dark cloud gets just so close , this skinny ol' fart is headed for the truck [:D].