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Electrifying Moment Lightning Strikes Sailboat Caught on Video

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The shocking moment when a moored sailboat was struck by lightning was captured on video. Powerful thunderstorms had rolled into the area, prompting Harry Minucci to take out his camera to record clips of the lightning strikes that were going off in the distance. He never anticipated catching such an electrifying moment. Footage from the incident quickly went viral.

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On Saturday, major thunderstorms were rolling through New England. Minucci, according to a report by Fox News, was near the Columbia Yacht Club marina, which is located in South Boston, when he decided to film the lightning.

Minucci happened to have the sailboat in the frame when a bolt of lightning shot out of the sky and struck the boat. Sparks begin to fly as the lightning seemingly ignited an explosion onboard the vessel.

No one was on the boat at the time of the lightning strike, and no injuries were reported as a result of the incident.

While capturing footage of lightning striking a boat is somewhat rare, boats themselves are hit with shocking frequency. A report by BoatUS says that the chance of a boat being struck by lightning is approximately 1 in 1,000.

Sailboats have about a 4 in 1,000 chance of being hit, partially due to the height of the mast. However, the odds for powerboats overall hits 5 in 1,000.

Lightning usually hits taller objects, like skyscrapers and trees, because the tops are nearer to the storm clouds. However, this force of nature is also highly unpredictable.

“[T]his does not always mean tall objects will be struck. It all depends on where the charges accumulate,” said The National Severe Storms Laboratory. “Lightning can strike the ground in an open field even if the tree line is close by.”

Clear skies also are not a guarantee of safety. A “bolt from the blue” – when lightning comes from storm clouds that are as far away as 25 miles – can appear even when the skies in the strike area are clear.

“They can be especially dangerous because they appear to come from clear blue sky,” says the agency.