LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Lamar County man died Monday night after being struck by lightning.
Charles Edward Whorten III, 24, of Lumberton, was pronounced dead Monday at 6:06 p.m. at Forrest General Hospital.
"He died from consequences of injures that he sustained from a lightning strike," Forrest County Deputy Coroner Lisa Klem said.
Another man, Whotren's cousin was also involved in the strike, but not seriously injured at a residence on Pine Burr Road around 4:30 p.m.
"It sounded like a grenade went off, I remember hearing gravel flying and hitting the ground and everything went black, said Joe Seal, 31. "I ran to the other side of the truck and found Charles and started doing CPR until paramedics arrived."
Seal said he and Whorten were putting a sticker on the windshield of a truck under the carport when the bolt hit.
"He was on the driver's side and I was on the passenger side, I was standing on a bucket to reach and it knocked me off and a few feet away," said Seals.
Lamar County Emergency Management Director James Smith said the storm was roughly 10 miles away when the strike occurred.
According to the National Weather Service in Jackson, this is the 9th lightning fatality in the nation this year.