Gold Coast teenager struck by lightning on the way to school

A Queensland teenager is lucky to be alive after being struck by lightning, metres away from his school gates.

The 14-year-old was walking to school on Friday morning, when the jolt of lightening created by the mornings electrical storm left him splayed on the ground.

"I noticed when I hit the bitumen," Talyn Rose said.

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"I stepped off the gutter and it went up my foot and out my shoulder."

The lightning had struck the top of a nearby pole, travelling through the ground to where Talyn was standing.

Experts said he is lucky to be alive, and has his runners to thank.

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"Rubber is a good insulator and therefore the current doesn't pass very easily, it will jump around," Professor David Thiel from Griffith University said.

"He's just a lucky guy, that's all I can say."

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Talyn's mother, Michelle Nimmo, said she is glad her son has made a full recovery.

"Would of been great if he had powers like Flash and could clean my house, would have been awesome," she said.

"His sister wishes he could be a permanent source of energy."

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