Spectacular Lightning Strike Video Captured by a Nearby Police Cruiser’s Dash Cam

Jun 1, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

Spectacular Lightning Strike Video Captured by a Nearby Police Cruiser’s Dash Cam

Jun 1, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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If Sgt. Mark Rodriguez’ mother ever told him not to go outside during thunderstorms because it’s dangerous, the Mississippi policeman will be hearing about this incident for the rest of his life.

While some people have to go out of their way to capture photos of lightning strikes, Rodriguez was lucky enough to have the lightning come to him. He was even luckier to have a dash cam installed in his cruiser and luckier yet that the lightning didn’t hit any closer…

Rodriguez was driving over the Tchoutacabouffa River Bridge on Interstate 10 early Tuesday morning when the colossus bolt of electricity struck and “nearly blinded” him.

We recently shared a clever GoPro hack that helps you capture every lightning strike, but you will have a hard time beating this perfectly-framed way-too-close-for-comfort footage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDl-cdg-Z7c

When Rodriguez returned to the scene to check out the damage he found a chunk of singed concrete:

Source: Gautier Police Department
Source: Gautier Police Department

The above method recommends setting a GoPro to shoot 1080p/60fps so the newly announced HERO+ LCD should be perfect for the job.

Another method to automatically capture awesome lighting photos can be seen here.

[WLOX via Laughing Squid]

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One response to “Spectacular Lightning Strike Video Captured by a Nearby Police Cruiser’s Dash Cam”

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    Richard Murillo

    Did somebody say “Shazam!”? Thanks for sharing it . Great video!