Lightning storms can be terrifying to some, yet incredibly intriguing to others. 38-year-old Daniel Modøl from Gjerstad, Aust-Agder, Norway would fall into the latter category.
When a recent lightning storm occurred near his home, he didn’t run for shelter. He ran outside onto his deck instead, video camera in tow.
The lightening storm seemed unusually close, and Modøl got some great footage.
But as he watched and filmed Mother Nature put on her show of electricity, a sudden bolt of lightning blasted a crater right in his backyard, just 15-20 feet (4.5-6 meters) away from where he was standing.
This was not the safe proximity he was hoping to keep between himself and the lightning, and it happened so fast he couldn’t get his camera up in time to record it.
More Lucky Than Safe
Modøl was safe, even though he had been standing just in his flip-flops so close to the strike zone, but his backyard and deck sustained major damage. He got some quick footage of the aftermath before deciding to return back inside.
Safer Inside or Outside?
Inside the house, his ceiling fan had fallen to the floor. He also couldn’t help but notice some blackened burn marks on the outlet where he had plugged in his computer modem.