HOUSTON CO., AL (WSFA) - A lightning strike killed 16-year-old Aron Dunn at his home south of Dothan Wednesday afternoon.
Aron Dunn's family was too distraught to talk openly about what happened Thursday.
A typical summertime thunderstorm popped up. The teenager went outside on his back porch to check on the dogs when out of nowhere a lightning bolt struck not one but two large pecan trees. The current then struck Dunn in the head and knocked him to the ground. He never regained consciousness.
Houston County investigators say this is a rare thing in south Alabama.
"It's not that often here.. a lot of times on the lakes you'll hear that," said Capt. Bill Rafferty.
"I can't remember being coroner since 1987 of any death occurred from lightning strikes," said Houston County Coroner Robert Byrd.
The family heard the thunderclap, a boom and Aron's younger brother went outside to check on him. He pulled Aron a few feet inside, called out for his mom who immediately performed CPR, heroic efforts that brought him back but with a weak heartbeat. In the end though the bolt was too powerful. There was too much damage done to Aron's body. He died at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan.
"They worked, worked and worked on him," Rafferty said.
Aron would have turned 17 years old in January, and he talked quite a bit with his family about joining the military one day.
The lightning strike was so strong it left its unmistakable burns and streaks on both trees, stripping the bark all the way down to the ground. The heat was so hot part of the overlap on the roof was singed.
Aron was a student at Cottonwood High School. Glover Funeral Home in Dothan is handling his funeral arrangements.