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Lightning strikes One World Trade Center in NYC storm

By Dan Mennella

A fireworks display on July 2 may be a bit premature for some, but Mother Nature apparently couldn't wait to get the show started in Gotham on Wednesday.

A strong thunderstorm rolled through New York City around 8 p.m. ET, bringing an ominous and spectacular display of lightning, dark clouds and heavy rain. The incredible scene, which included an apparent direct lightning strike at the top of One World Trade Center, was caught by several cameras and photographers, whose pictures quickly made the rounds on social media.

A great series of before, during and after pictures was taken and posted on Twitter by New York-based photojournalist Gary Hershorn, who came away with similar shots of NYC under assault by a storm in May. One of Hershorn's pictures from Wednesday's storm was retweeted over 1,400 times and favorited over 700 times within two hours after it was published:

Should you see any fireworks that matches or beats this scene, it will have been a great holiday.

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Beautiful !!! July 03 2014 at 1:33 AM

The awesome power of God cannot be denied!!!

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siscosdad July 03 2014 at 2:35 AM

Lightning travels from the ground UP, not the opposoite

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Bill July 03 2014 at 1:41 AM

you can only imagine how loud the thunder from this one was, no fireworks boom could match it!

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orggreg Bill July 03 2014 at 6:46 PM

I heard so I know- live close to wtc one.

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jmtaney July 03 2014 at 2:22 AM

Who cares! Now we will have to hear to nauseum about the East coast having a little storm!

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Randy July 03 2014 at 9:12 AM

Odd... the lighting show in Chicago the night before was 10 times more impressive regarding the power of nature than the one AOL is describing for NYC... yet they didn't say one word about it on AOL. Neither did NBC, CBS, ABC or any what is considered as MAIN STREAM media - based amazingly in NYC.

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soccer_sucks July 03 2014 at 8:00 AM

Do people not understand that is normal.
That is why they put a rod at the top.

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Kate soccer_sucks July 03 2014 at 12:18 PM

The point is not that buildings as tall as 1WT have lightning rods on them (DUH, we all know that), but that it's spectacular when they work.

Got a problem with beauty and the awe inspiring power of nature?

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db1219 July 03 2014 at 5:35 PM

I would say that the people who died on 9/11 aren't too happy with the new World Trade Center.

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troyce41 July 03 2014 at 8:21 AM

Growing up in Southern Mississippi we often had storms such as this in the summer. Bolts from the lightning would touch the ground with a boom. These storms would also hit homes at one time or another. I now live in California we have had storms but nothing like the one in New York City. When it has rained here we will have flash floods. I remember one time when it rained so hard our drive way was over ankle deep. We live in a mobile home park. Folks here aren't use to the wet streets so when they drive on a wet street they go the faster speed limit and when they put the brakes on their cars start sliding every which way and many accidents happen.

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mhdjl troyce41 July 03 2014 at 10:38 AM

Thunder storms are so rare in So. Cal. that a number of years ago, our nephew (born in Ca.) wanted to go outside under a tree to watch the storm. Of course, no one would let him do that.

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PSYCHiATRY is a SCAM July 03 2014 at 7:55 AM

bottom of that lightning rod looks like a good spot for a camera

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kgc073 PSYCHiATRY is a SCAM July 03 2014 at 9:48 AM

Thay would be cool.

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rwilliamhoward PSYCHiATRY is a SCAM July 03 2014 at 11:59 AM

Sure. The induced current from a strike wouid obliterate the camera.

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NoShark July 03 2014 at 3:37 PM

And we care because...

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