Incredible video shows lightning strike just feet away from Florida officer


APOPKA, Fla. – Incredible video shows lightning strike just feet away from a Florida officer Tuesday.

The central Florida police officer had a close encounter on Tuesday night when lighting struck near him in the department’s parking lot, reported Fox News.

In surveillance video released by the Apopka Police Department, the canine officer can be seen placing equipment in his police SUV when the bolt struck nearby.

As you can imagine, the startled officer then jumps into his vehicle and shuts the door.

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Apopka police K9 handler experiences a frightening moment when lightning strikes nearby. Scroll down to watch video. (Apopka Police Department)

Moreover, the lightning strike appeared to be so powerful that it turned on the lights to another police unit in the parking lot. No injuries were reported as a result of the jarring bolt. Nevertheless, the Apopka Fire Department responded due to a haze in the building.

The police department lost power in its building, and the strike damaged multiple electrical transformers, according to FOX35.


On Monday, the National Weather Service office in Melbourne, Fla. shared the dangers of lighting in a Twitter post.

“June 25 | 16 people died in 2017 due to lightning. 6 people have already been killed by lightning in 2018,” the NWS said. “Don’t become a statistic!  When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!”

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