Watch as lightning bolt leaves two vehicles ‘fried’ while driving on I-75 in Florida
A horrific lightning strike fried two vehicles traveling on Florida's Interstate 75, including one driven by a sheriff's deputy.
It happened around 4 p.m. Friday, July 1, as "an intense thunderstorm" moved into the downtown Sun area, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said in a press release. Sun City Center is approximately 25 miles southeast of Tampa.
Video shared by the sheriff's office shows the bolt first struck a pickup truck and then continued to veer down the lane as a second vehicle drove right into it.
The deputy's vehicle drove to the left of the pickup truck and apparently participated in the electrical charge.
"Her dashboard light came on, and then the entire car went off," the sheriff's office reported.
"When she looked in the rearview mirror, she saw smoke. At first she thought her tire had blown, but when she and other drivers stopped nearby, she saw this video and the nearby lightning strike and realized the lightning had damaged the car.”
The deputy, who has not been identified, was not injured, officials said.
The video was captured by a passenger in a car behind the pickup, identified by Storyful as Michaelle May Whalen.
Whalen told Fox News the pickup in the video belonged to her husband and was "completely fried." The family was just returning from vacation when it happened, she told Storyful.
It came a day after an 11-year-old boy was struck by lightning in the same county while standing on the deck of a fishing boat. The boy, identified as Levi Stock, was discharged from a hospital on July 4, McClatchy News reported.
NOAA reports that lightning is typically "about 300 million volts and about 30,000 amps."
"By comparison, household electricity is 120 volts and 15 amps," says NOAA.
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