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Viral Vid. Shows the Shocking Moment an SUV Gets Struck by Lightning -- But Is It Real?


"Great Scott!"

(Image: YouTube screenshot)

The dash-cam video of a stormy day in Russia catches the moment a bolt of lightning supposedly cracks down on a fellow motorist.

The YouTube video posted a couple weeks ago, which is now going viral, states that the on-board computer of the Toyota Land Cruiser capturing the footage is faulty, most likely including this information to account for the time-stamp of the video.

Watch the clip that has more than 1.6 million views and has been reposted more than a half a dozen times on YouTube:

The event begs the question: Just what did the drive do to earn God's wrath? Some commenters of the video speculate that it's a hate for SUVs. Others say that the Marvel comic character Thor is raining down his fury and some call up Doc Brown's quote "Great Scott!" from the 1985 film "Back to the Future."

This isn't the first time either that a dash-cam in Russia has captured a stunning event during a driver's commute. Earlier this year, TheBlaze reported on a video showing a power plant explosion emitting a blinding light in the dark sky. Some on the Internet and a commenter on this latest video speculate that cameras are becoming more common place on dashboards of cars in Russia to prevent insurance scams.

Still, as Life's Little Mysteries points out, it cannot be guaranteed the lightning in the video is 100 percent authentic. It states that fake lightning videos have seen viral fame before. It notes the National Weather Service stating that a car experiencing a lightning strike might see damage to its electrical system, tires or other parts. The SUV in the video doesn't appear to have such damage.

According to NOAA, the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are one in a million.

(H/T: Daily Mail)

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