Video Captures Moment When Kid Is Nearly Hit By Lightning
An Argentine mom filming her 12-year-old son fooling around with an umbrella ended up capturing his brush with death as a lightning bolt struck just feet away.
The video shows the unidentified pre-teen standing under a roof drainpipe, with water pouring out onto the umbrella.
Seconds later, he walks out into a garden in the city of Posadas, in the northeastern Argentine province of Misiones.
Then out of nowhere, a powerful bolt of lightning strikes down just steps in front of the boy — causing a nearby fence to erupt in flames.
The boy’s frightened mom, Carolina Kotur, shrieked and quickly dropped her phone.
“It was morning, I was with my daughter in the room calming her, because she is scared of lightning,” Kotur told local media.
“Then the lady who works in my house told me that my son was walking in the rain and I started filming because I was making a joke, and right next to him the lightning struck. Thank God nothing happened to him.”
Others in the region were not so fortunate during the fierce storm, Central European News reported.
Brothers Sinforiano Venialgo Vazquez, 43, and Simon Venialgo Vazquez, 41, were killed when lightning struck near their home in the Paraguayan town of San Pedro del Parana — 68 miles from where the young boy was nearly hit by the bolt.
The cause of death in both cases was electrocution, though no further details were available, according to the report.
Lightning strikes reportedly killed animals in the Santa Rosa area, on the Argentine side of the Parana River, the outlet reported.
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