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Camper captures near-miss lightning strike on video

(June 24, 2014) -- A man camping with friends at Shoshone Lake in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. was shooting video of a sudden hailstorm at a mountain lake ended up capturing a lightning strike just a few steps from where he was standing.

MCLEAN, Va. — A man shooting video of a sudden hailstorm at a mountain lake ended up capturing a lightning strike just a few steps from where he was standing, according to USA Today.

Bruce Hyland, 63, was camping with friends at Shoshone Lake in Yellowstone National Park June 10 when he pulled out a point-and-shoot camera to record the late-season hailstorm while the rest of the group huddled under a tarp, USA Today explained.

“All of a sudden we hear this enormous crash,” Hyland told USA Today. “We didn’t see a flash of lighting, we didn’t know how near it was.” Hyland said no one realized the lightning had struck two trees next to their campsite until they reviewed the video he had just shot. “You can clearly see one frame is completely saturated with light from the strike, and yet we didn’t see that at all,” he said.

To see the video and read the full story by USA Today, click here.

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About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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