EL MIRAGE, AZ (KPHO/KTVK/CNN) – Two 13-year-old boys from Arizona are recovering after they were struck by lightning in a park.
A neighbor's surveillance camera captured the moment.
One of those teens, Javier Tapia, described the ordeal he and his friend Josiah Wiedman have gone through since the bolt struck them last week.
"At first I didn't feel anything, but when I was able to get control of my arms … everything just started burning," Tapia said.
That burning sensation lasted four hours, especially in his left foot, where doctors said the lightning bolt exited his body after entering his right hip – destroying his sock as it exited.
Tapia said he started losing his vision for a bit, but never lost consciousness.
"I didn't feel myself fall down. It felt like I was floating. But I was still able to hear everything," he said.
Wiedman was much worse off.
"I thought he just fell at first, but that's when I saw his eyes roll back and that's when I thought, 'Oh my God! He's in trouble,'" Tapia said.
Wiedman is still in the hospital, being treated for a concussion and a fractured skull. His family said he's now awake and talking.
Manuel Moreno, who lives across the street from the park, caught the lightning strike with his security camera.
"I was like, 'Wow! I did get it!'" Moreno said about finding the surveillance footage.
Tapia remains shaken up as he waits to hear updates on Wiedman's recovery.
He said the lightning bolt that struck him and his friend was the first one they had seen all evening.