Yellowstone National Park lightning strikes closely

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CNN/KXTV) – A lightning strike at Yellowstone National Park is caught on camera.

The man who got the picture was shooting a hail storm when the bolt hit the ground just a few feet away.

Within 1/30 of a second, the ground erupts as the enormous jolt of electrical energy finds a path through the roots.

Still pictures taken moments later show the deep scars left by the lightning strike and how close it came to the campers. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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