Lisbon teen struck by lightning

LISBON – The only known Lisbon resident to be taken to the hospital as a result of Wednesday afternoon’s damaging thunderstorm was 15-year-old Marcus Nenichka of Lisbon.

Nenichka was reportedly struck by lightning shortly before 5 p.m. at his home at 8083 state Route 45.

Nenichka’s mother, Casey Reynolds, was working on the computer in her upstairs bedroom when she noticed the darkening clouds and asked Nenichka to unplug the air conditioner in her window.

“We were getting ready to go to a baseball game and I didn’t want to leave it on,” Reynolds said. “The storm just came up so fast.”

With Nenichka’s hands on the air-conditioner, a bolt of lightning struck the house’s antenna and jumped to the prong holding the air conditioner. Reynolds said.

The jolt sent both Nenichka and the air conditioner flying back approximately three feet onto the bed, she said.

“The next thing I know, Marcus is flying backward and there was a burning smell in the air,” Reynolds said. “My mother started yelling for everyone to get in the basement. We were all really scared.”

Nenichka lay stunned on the bed for a second then got up and insisted he was fine, according to Reynolds.

“He said he felt OK enough to go to his brother’s baseball game,” Reynolds said. It didn’t look like there was anything wrong with him.”

As a precaution, Nenichka was taken to the emergency room. It is not yet known if he sustained any injuries.

“We feel really lucky right now,” Reynolds said. “With all of the property damage around the area it could have been worse.”

Lisbon Fire Chief Dave Lewton said Nenichka was the only person known to have been taken to the hospital following the storm.