5 intense lighting strikes

2014-05-23 11:30
Cape Town – Whether you find them awe-inspiring or just plain scary, thunderstorms are probably one of nature’s most incredible displays of power, colour and sound.  

Capetonians woke up to quite a storm on Saturday morning, with lightning and thunder streaking across the sky. 

While this sort of weather leaves Joburgers and those up north rather indifferent, residents of Cape Town and surrounds were left wide-eyed, excited and slightly baffled by the unusual occurrence.

And of course took to Twitter and Instagram to share their surprise. 

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The Mother City's strange weather followed shortly after London got quite a light show of its own on Thursday last week.

Social media streams were buzzing with pics and videos of the Shard being struck by lightning.

The Telegraph reports that witnesses around the city saw a single bolt hitting the very top of the city’s tallest skyscraper.  Due to its lightning protection program, the building was unaffected and no one got hurt.  

Standing at 310m, the Shard is western Europe’s tallest building and is located next to London Bridge station.  

Check out the crazy footage and pics below.

We’ve also rounded up a few other videos of lightning striking iconic buildings and statues around the world. Take a look. 

The Empire State building in New York has had the same experience

And remember when Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer lost his thumb ?

Of course Dubai's Burj Khalifa has also had some shock treatment, being the tallest building in the world and all

Finally, St. Peter's Basilica in Rome was also struck by lightning just a few hours after Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation in February 2013

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