Every year, more than 1-thousand are injured by lightning strikes in the U.S. and 55 people are killed.
Damage was left behind by a lightning strike yesterday near 21st and Ohio in Quincy. The bolt ripped through a long section of the tree with some pieces even landed in their neighbor's yard!
Mike Caspermeyer was inside his home at the time and he says it sounded like a shotgun blast in his backyard.
"My kids were out here, they could've got hit, it wasn't even raining yet. I'm just looking out, it doesn't have to rain for thunder and lightning to hit. It can be anytime, and that's basically when it happened," Caspermeyer.
Here's some important things to remember: If you're inside during a thunderstorm, stay away from windows and out of the shower because metal pipes are a conductor of electricity. But if you get caught outside, crouch down and make yourself as small of a target as possible.
And remember, never stand underneath a large tree because it won't protect you.
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