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Salem Minister credits higher power for escaping lightning strike

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SALEM, Ohio - A Salem Minister and his family are counting their blessings, after a close call with mother nature.

The Senior Minister at Phillips Christian Church, and his son describe seeing a flash of light, then hearing what sounded like a canon going off.

"I saw the top of the tree it was like just exploding and pieces flying everywhere," said Senior Minister, Sheldon Cosman.

Sheldon was standing in the kitchen of the church parsonage, when lightening split what was once a towering pine tree in the lawn.

His son, Evan, was working in a metal shed only about 30 feet from the where the lightening struck.

"I could feel it kind of travel through my body," said Evan. "I could feel all the hair on the back of my neck and head stand up."

Friday morning the father and son observed what was left of the tree. Evan believes the rubber boots he was wearing at the time lessened the blow.

"It probably did help significantly keep it from flooring me completely," said Evan. "I was able to stand up but I could feel everything tense up."

Counting their blessings, Sheldon believes the damage from the storm could have been much worse if not for a higher power.

"God makes some great fireworks that's for sure," said Sheldon. "It was pretty awesome and scary at the same time."


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