Explosive lightning bolt captured by police dash cam

Aftermath of an exploding lightning bolt from a police dash cam in Mississippi. Photo: Screen grab
Aftermath of an exploding lightning bolt from a police dash cam in Mississippi. Photo: Screen grab

A police officer was cruising in the middle lane of Interstate 10 in Gautier, Mississippi, when his dash cam caught the amazing moment a lightning bolt hit the side of the road. Fortunately nobody appeared to be anywhere near the strike.

The sheer magnitude of this explosive lightning bolt paints a clear picture as to the damage lightning can cause, including death.

According to the National Weather Association, lightning is the second-leading cause of storm-related deaths in the U.S., exceeded only by floods. Here you can see why:

Earlier this week, a teenager in Maine videotaped a lightning bolt hitting a church steeple across the street and the footage went viral.

We suspect the latest lightning bolt footage—captured by Gautier police officer Mark Rodriquez—will go viral, too.

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