Footage Captures Statue of Liberty Getting Struck By Lightning

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As if 2020 hasn’t already had its fair share of crazy moments, let’s add the Statue of Liberty being struck by lightning to it.

That’s right, on July 22, 2020, Lady Liberty herself had gotten the shock of a lifetime (literally). Thankfully, she was able to make it out of it unscathed and still standing, but it was still a pretty striking moment, to say the least (sorry, we can’t help it with the lightening puns!).

The strike of lightning hitting the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty was captured by a person passing by on a ferry during some pretty severe thunderstorms that were beginning.

The lighting is clear as day, descending straight from stormy clouds hovering above. The statue is made of copper, so it actually attracts lightning fairly often. But for it to be seen this clearly was pretty shocking.

The statue stands right above Liberty Island, which had just reopened some of its doors (a few food and gift shop services), to visitors since March, when it closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Thankfully, there was no damage done to the island, either.

The ferry boats, which transport visitors to the island from both the New York and New Jersey, had also just begun running again, but with clear social distancing mandates and markers in place. Had these not been running, the lightning strike probably wouldn’t have been captured the way it was!

Prepare to be amazed. To see lightning clearly strike down on the Statue of Liberty, check out the footage below.

Have you ever seen lightning strike the Statue of Liberty (or any infamous object) like this before?