Video: Florida officer almost hit by lightning strike


APOPKA, Fla. – A close call for one Florida police officer after a bolt of lightning barely missed him on Tuesday.

The Apopka Police Department officer was getting into his vehicle in the parking lot when the lightning strike knocked out power to headquarters. 

A security camera nearby caught the incident. You can see the bolt come down and the officer frantically get back into his car. 

Luckily, the officer was not injured. 

A little too close for comfort!

On Tuesday, June 26, around 8:30 p.m., a severe storm rolled through downtown Apopka resulting in a lightning strike near the police department parking lot. The resulting strike knocked out the power to the building and damaged multiple electrical transformers. The building’s generator activated and provided power to the building’s components. The Apopka Fire Department responded due to a haze in the building, but no damage or fire was located. There were no injuries to the officers or public and no emergency services were interrupted. The city’s emergency 911 center is located at a remote site and was unaffected. The video taken from one of the department’s surveillance cameras shows a police canine officer next to his vehicle at the time of the strike. He retreated to his vehicle and was unharmed.

Posted by The Apopka Chief on Wednesday, June 27, 2018

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