Security Cam Captures Lightning Bolt Exploding Tree

January 29, 2016

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This is a short video from a security camera at a school in Tyler, Texas, of a lightning bolt blowing the limbs off a tree. It reminds of the time I was driving through the woods in Darnestown, Maryland and lightning struck a tree in front of me no further than forty or fifty feet away. All I could see was pure white light for a second. That's when I knew I should start going back to church. Now Jesus is my copilot which is awesome because I don't drain my phone battery using Google Maps or Waze anymore. "Stop by Taco Bell." Jesus, we just went Burger King!

Hit the jump for the video, then tell me what that puff of smoke on the right side of the video was.

Thanks to Tyler A, who once tried to harness the power of lightning to trim his Christmas Tree and that was the beginning of the house fire.

  • Looks like a "Dave"

    "blowing the limbs off..."

    "No it didn't. 'Tis merely a flesh wound."

    [ Worst Monty Python reference ever. ] :)

  • R Hartness

    Some call me... Tim.

  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    I love how the video has a popping noise on the soundtrack as the lightning hits. No microphone attached just a frickin huge amount of em.

  • AtomicMountain

    The sad thing is that the tree also won the PowerBall jackpot a couple weeks ago.

    (It must have said something disrespectful to the Mary statue over there.)

  • DeksamTorrac

    Interesting how the light flickers back to life at the end.

  • Awesome. I wish to sit in it...

  • JMody

    Puff of smoke is probably where the Lightning exited the trees roots.

  • dougfunnay

    i dont think that opinion is.....grounded... in reality

  • Oban 1 Kenobi

    Coolest part of the video, in my opinion.

  • Conrado Parra

    time to build a bat

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    Wonderbat.

    Best...Episode...Ever

  • Bling Nye

    YES! The MECHA-BAT will save us!!

    ...I like where this guy's head is at.

  • FUCK that tree.

  • Bling Nye

    Literally.

  • jodyberry

    Fifty two-by-fours coming up!

  • Crikey!

  • Bling Nye

    SMITE!!

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