When storm chaser Scott Sheppard pulled his vehicle to the side of a road to shoot video of a gathering storm near Fairburn, South Dakota, all was well.
Gentle raindrops. Mesmerizing beauty of the high plains. There even were a couple of rainbows in the distant horizon.
Then seconds later, Sheppard’s camera still rolling, an unwelcome byproduct of the weather reportedly paid him a violent visit.
Sheppard was struck in the arm by a lightning bolt.
After the bolt hit his arm it continued to the ground where it blew a hole in the pavement, according to the description of the video posted online. The clip shows an orange cloud rising in the air after the strike, presumably from the point of impact.
The lightning also disabled Sheppard’s vehicle as well as a passing car, both of which had to be towed from the scene, the description notes.
And how’s the storm chaser doing? Believe it or not, he’s fine — except for a sore arm.
Here’s the SevereStudios clip via YouTube: