Lightning strike narrowly misses Florida officer in CCTV footage (VIDEO)
A Florida police officer narrowly escaped injury after a bolt of lightning struck very close to a local police station. CCTV cameras captured the moment.
The canine officer was exiting a patrol car in the Apopka Police Department parking lot on Tuesday evening, when an intense lightning bolt struck just meters away, prompting the startled man to jump back into the safety of his vehicle.
The lightning strike was so strong, it appeared to activate the emergency lights of another parked cruiser. It also caused significant electrical damage and cut power to the building.
The Apopka Fire Department responded to the incident but there were no reported injuries, according to a police statement published by the Apopka Voice.
The National Weather Service in Melbourne, Florida warned the public of the dangers of lightning on Monday by reminding people that six people have already been killed by lightning this year.
June 25 | 16 people died in 2017 due to lightning. 6 people have already been killed by lightning in 2018. Don’t become a statistic! When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! https://t.co/1CmrvFRDL1#LightningSafetypic.twitter.com/LH89cDUYqh— NWS Melbourne (@NWSMelbourne) June 25, 2018
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