Lightning fatally strikes New Jersey family twice

July 15, 2011 5:16:44 AM PDT
Death from lightning strikes may be rare, but it happened twice to a family in New Jersey.

Authorities say 54-year-old Stephen Rooney, of Hammonton, was laid to rest Thursday after he was struck by lightning during a family barbecue on July 3. He died five days later.

Rooney's father, George, also died from a lightning strike when Stephen was just 5 years old.

The family and community was stunned that the same thing could happen to a father and then a son.