A couple on vacation in Mexico were taking a selfie to remember when suddenly, a bolt of lightning struck just a few feet away. They're lucky to be alive in this summer of lightning.
Not so lucky was 20-year-old Nick Fagnano, who was killed when a freak lightning storm struck Venice Beach, California. Fourteen others were also injured.
One witness said, "All of a sudden there was a sonic boom and I felt like someone took a frying pan and hit me over the head."
One witness said, "I looked up and there was a this giant bolt of lightning just shooting across the sky!"
Another witness said, "It was just gigantic and then a really loud thunder clap."
Witnesses compared the stampede from the beach with the iconic scene in Jaws when beachgoers run from the water.
Fashion designer Diana Keinejad shot a dramatic video of a man being pulled out of the ocean after he was struck by the lightning. She tweeted: "What a day! Happy to be alive!"
So, would you know what to do if you find yourself on a beach or in the open during a lightning storm? The National Weather Service says there are steps you can take that could save your life.
- At the first sign of a storm take shelter indoors or in a vehicle
- If there is no shelter stay low, but do not lie flat
- Stay sheltered for 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder
Visit the National Weather Service website for more information on lightning safety.