Some in Lawrence County witnessed the raw power of Mother Nature firsthand as lightning struck a pasture there, killing several animals.
"My parents saw it out the kitchen window. They were sitting down eating dessert," said Danielle Livingston, the daughter of homeowners Donald and Barbara Ratcliff of Jayess.
Livingston said the power went out after the lightning struck the pasture, near her parent's Highway 44 home.
"They (told me they) looked out and saw smoke and they could see the miniature horses laying in the pasture.
Livingston said the horses were show horses and a few of them were pets.
“We brought them from Florida, Livingston added. It’s hard for (the kids) to face death”.
Livingston said the force of the electricity looked like it tilled the ground.
“The weather wasn’t bad. We didn’t think it was bad enough to do what it did,” Livingston said.
“One horse was just injured.. his leg. He’s limping and I think he’s going to be ok," Livingston said.
Sadly a foal is now orphaned after its mother and father were killed during the lightning strike.
We're told the lightning also struck a fence and a tree and burned part of the tree and the fence.
“We’re lucky and blessed it wasn’t any worse than it was; better the animals than a person," Livingston said.
Livingston said the horses were worth about $8,000 combined.
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