In 1972, Sullivan was working just outside a ranger station registering new campers, when another strike occurred. This time, it set his hair on fire. He tried to smother the flames with his jacket and when that didn’t work, ran to the restroom to put his head under a tap. When his head didn’t fit, he used a wet towel, putting out the flames.
Though not fearful prior to this date, he finally decided that there was a force against him. He began to become fearful of death, and began hiding from all forms of storms. If he was driving, he’d pull over and letdown on the front seat until it passed. Whenever he was in a crowd, he believed that he’d attract the electricity and hurt people, so he started avoiding everyone.
He also constantly carried water around, in case his hair caught fire again.