A nine-year-old boy died as a result of a cardiac arrest after being struck by lightning while playing football, an inquest has heard.
Jordan Banks, 9, suffered “unsurvivable injuries” after being struck by lightning during a football coaching session in Blackpool, Lancs, earlier this year.
The town was left reeling in shock at the extraordinarily rare May 11 weather incident.
His stepfather could only watch in horror from the car as the young boy was suddenly struck by lightning as he played.
Jordan’s football heroes rallied around his family, who grieved the youngster who had been hailed for his work fundraising for charity and paying tribute his policing heroes.
The inquest, being held at Blackpool Town Hall, opened on Wednesday.
Coroner Alan Wilson revealed to the court the Met Office ’s report said conditions were not thought to be bad enough to warrant a severe weather warning.
Football coach Daniel Stenton said all of the sudden he felt “something [he] couldn’t begin to explain” and made him “automatically throw [his] hands over his head”.
The court was told how he turned to see Jordan lying lifeless on the ground.
A statement from Jordan’s step-dad Daniel Begg was read out in court describing how he saw the youngster collapse.
He told of the frantic scenes as he ran over and began CPR on the child in a bid to save his life, as 999 was called.
Jordan was rushed to Blackpool Victoria Hospital by ambulance but medics were unable to revive him and he was sadly pronounced dead at 5.55pm.
After his death, Jordan’s family had said “our worlds stopped” when “we lost our beautiful boy”.
Recording a narrative conclusion, Mr Wilson said: “Jordan had injuries consistent with being struck by lightning and no outstanding medical conditions.
“He died when he suffered a cardiac arrest due to one lightning strike.
“I would like to offer my condolences to the family and also thank them for donating Jordan’s organs at what must have been a very difficult time.”
A report from the national forecaster, the Met Office, was read in court and suggested that, although thunder and lightning was reported between 3-6pm on the day of Jordan’s death, the conditions were not thought to be bad enough to warrant a severe weather warning.
Det Insp Abi Finch-Hall from Lancashire Police and who led the investigation into Jordan’s death said that, while there were no obvious signs of a lightning strike, it was “clear from the outset” what had happened.