Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services workers responded to reports of the boy, Michael Bean, being struck by lightning at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Tim Cavender, Fire and Emergency Services public information director, said it was not a direct lightning strike. He was reportedly leaning against a metal garage door when the strike occurred at the boy's residence at 617 Bentwood Trail, off Highway 20, west of Canton.
Cavender said when firefighters arrived on the scene, Michael was responsive and his pain was starting to ease up. He was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital for evaluation; however, Cavender said he returned home shortly and went to football practice Thursday morning.
Elsewhere in the county, firefighters responded to two house fires.
Crews arrived at a home off Kimberly Place in Holly Springs shortly before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to find flames coming from the roof. Firefighters were able to knock down the fire within 15 minutes, Cavender said. The residents had evacuated the home and no injuries were reported. Lightning was the apparent cause.
Around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, firefighters battled a blaze at 705 Osco Parkway, near Hickory Flat, which was apparently caused by a tree that had fallen on the structure. Firefighters were able get the fire under control quickly and no injuries were reported.
Crews responded to numerous fallen trees and broken power lines.
An official at Amicalola EMC said the utility had six power outages that impacted 402 customers in the areas of Yellow Creek, Lake Arrowhead and the Clayton community. All issues were resolved. Officials at Cobb EMC did not return inquiries about outages by press time.
Officials with the Cherokee Sheriff's Office and the city police departments said there were no serious accidents or other incidents throughout the county.