Lightning Strikes Woman In Supermarket

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HOUMA, LA (WGNO) – A Houma woman is lucky to be alive after getting struck by lightning while she was paying for her groceries.

The lightning bold struck 33-year-old Lakeisha Brooks inside Rouses Food at 561 Grand Callou Road in Houma.

Officers said Brooks was standing by the checkout register buying groceries when it happened.  They believe that the bolt of lightning came through the roof’s sprinkler system, struck a metal plate on the floor, and then hit the woman.

Brooks received injuries to her left leg and right foot which appeared to be burn marks.   She was transported to Terrebonne General Medical Center where she was treated and released.

A store employee said the same Rouses was struck by lightning one year ago in the same exact spot.

In a statement, Rouses said, “We care deeply about the safety and well-being of our customers, and have policies and procedures in place that enabled us to react to even the most unusual situation.  Ms. Brook’s physical condition was the number one priority of our Grand Caillou Road store manager and team members.  Our security team immediately secured the area where lightning struck and contacted the Houma Fire Department, which is currently investigating.”