'Oh My God!': Woman Startled as Lightning Strike Obliterates Tree

A Louisiana woman got the fright of her life when a tree near her Morgan City home exploded after it was struck by lightning on August 7.

In this home security footage, Sarah Ribardi unsuspectingly steps out onto her doorstep just moments before the blast. A bright flash and a thunderous crack cause Ribardi to duck and quickly retreat inside as the tree explodes, sending splinters flying in every direction.

“God was definitely with us!” she wrote on Facebook. “One step closer and [I] would have been seriously injured!”

Local media reported several homes and vehicles were damaged in the incident, but no one was injured. Credit: Sarah Ribardi via Storyful