Lightning Strikes Lady Liberty in Dramatic Video
OutdoorHub Editor: Keenan Crow 07.27.20
A striking video was recently captured as severe thunder storms moved through the New York City area early last week.
The 21-second clip shows a menacing looking cloud form above the Statue of Liberty, when a huge blast of lighting flashes in the sky just above her head. Not one, not two, but FOUR bolts of lighting appear to hit Lady Liberty in dramatic, and rapid succession.
The dramatic video was recorded by Twitter user Mikey Cee, who shot the scene from a pier on Ellis Island.
— Mikey Cee (@_Mikey_Cee) July 22, 2020
As I type this article the tweet has received 98.5K Likes and 31.3K Retweets, and inspired plenty of reactions on Twitter:
Next thing you know…. pic.twitter.com/BEymXKEscI
— Eric Bernal (@EBER4) July 23, 2020
Any other year this is cool. In 2020 it just comes off as particularly ominous.
— Peter Mallouk (@PeterMallouk) July 23, 2020
It’s pretty easy to figure out who is responsible for this high voltage attack on lady liberty… pic.twitter.com/0nEiobMKpn
— Larry Todesca (@larrytodesca1) July 23, 2020
I assume it gets hit pretty often.
After all, it’s a big lump of copper sticking up in an open area.
It really is just a decorative lightening rod.
— Cranky Old Guy (@Cranky_Old_Guy) July 23, 2020
According to the NPS, the Statue gets nailed by lightning several times a year despite the massive concrete and granite base she stands on. How often is not known, but the Statue’s height and the conductive material she’s made of – copper – makes it a structure of choice for lightning strikes.