Nature Video

By Randal Coombs


Doorbell footage captured a bolt of lightning striking a house in a shocking moment for all.

Derrick Smith’s doorbell camera picked up the lightning strike during a heavy storm in Verdigris, Oklahoma on April 30.

The footage shows what seems to be a normal rainy night during the stormy season in the United States when a flash in the clouds soon changed that.

The epic bolt fired down and made contact with a nearby resident’s satellite dish and roof with an almighty crash with the following thunder causing echoes.

Derrick said: “The lightning struck the small satellite dish on the peak of the roof of the home.

“My wife and I were sitting on the couch talking, when suddenly we heard what sounded like a cannon going off right outside our window.

“It scared both of us. I ran to the front door and could see that one of my neighbour’s houses had a small fire on the top.

“Other than the dish coming down and a small hole in the top of the roof, there was no major damage.

“After the fire department arrived and we knew everyone was safe, we decided to check our doorbell camera, which caught the entire thing.”