VIDEO: Fiery Lightning Strike Interrupts Serene Rainbow Sighting

September 1, 2014; 3:30 AM ET
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YouTube user Ingela Tanneskog had a frighteningly close call with lightning when taking video of a rainbow this week. Tanneskog was on her porch filming the rainbow in Blaiken Storuman, Sweden, when a bolt of lightning cracked through the sky seconds later.

Of the experience, Tanneskog stated that she thought the thunderstorm had passed and wanted to capture the rainbow, and was caught very much by surprise when the lightning struck.

A bolt of lightning is capable of striking with 300 million volts and can heat the air it travels through up to 50,000 F. As a result, it is imperative that the highest levels of precautions are taking when in the vicinity of a thunderstorm.


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Lightning Safety Tips

1. Always head indoors when you hear thunder. It means lightning may be close enough to strike.

2. Go inside a substantial building with closed walls and a roof. Open gazebos or pavilions are not safe alternatives for shelter. An enclosed metal-topped vehicle with all the windows shut is also more safe.

3. When inside, stay away from any equipment with running electricity, including a corded phone, computer or TV.

4. Stay away from plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets.

5. Avoid windows and doors and stay off porches.

6. Do not lie on concrete floors and avoid leaning against concrete walls.

Content contributed by Staff Writer Samantha-Rae Tuthill


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