This might be the craziest thing we’ve ever seen! A massive thunderstorm hit New York City on July 25…and lightning struck the Empire State Building right in the middle of it. Check it out on video right here!
Henrik Moltke was in the right place at the right time during the New York City thunderstorm on July 25: He had his camera out, running and ready when lightning struck down right into the Empire State Building! The video of the bright pink bolt hitting the massive skyscraper quickly went viral, and you only have to watch it once to see why.
It’s pretty much impossible not to keep hitting repeat on this crazy clip — the gray sky is the perfect contrast to the lightning strike, allowing it to stand out against the daunting background.
Interestingly, the Empire State Building is actually struck by lightning an average of 23 times per year — because it is so tall, it actually acts as a lightning rod for the surrounding area. However, it’s obviously very rare that the phenomenon is caught on video, and seeing it happen is even crazier than you could imagine. Watch above!
NYC has been plagued by hot temperatures this month, and although the rain on July 25 provided a quick relief, the heat wave is back in action for Tuesday and Wednesday. Temperatures are back in the mid-high 90s once again, with rain expected to once again cool things off by next weekend.
Obviously it’s awesome that Henrik was able to capture this on video, but we must warn you guys to always stay INSIDE when lightning is in the area — outside is NOT safe. In case you didn’t know, thunder is the sound of lightning, so as soon as you hear any rumblings, get to a safe area indoors!
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked that lightning struck the Empire State Building!?