Lightning strikes One World Trade Center in NYC storm

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Lightning strikes One World Trade Center in NYC storm
One World Trade Center gets hit by lightning during a storm tonight. #newyork #newyorkcity @nyc @newyork #lightning http://t.co/qGPyBzKudp
A storm assaults New York City with lightning. (Photo by @GaryHershorn) http://t.co/amPP7at9Pp
INCREDIBLE PHOTO: Tonight's storm over NYC. Via @bethalison89 http://t.co/wDJTLRDldz
CAUGHT ON CAM: Lightning bolt strikes ground in NYC http://t.co/ev2roAO7pN http://t.co/AXlX1a99oF
Lightning strikes One World Trade Center as the sun sets http://t.co/D1I7krAaNj via @Lucas_Jackson_/@reuterspictures http://t.co/RULzeiQ08d
Look as lightning strikes One World Trade Center behind @DavidUshery4NY. @NBCNewYork at 11pm is next! http://t.co/syBw5JvT6i
INCREDIBLE PIC: Lightning hits the Empire State Building and 1 WTC in this amazing shot. More: http://t.co/WrsRoxYkyI http://t.co/B7fvHarpBp
New York City is about to get clobbered by a big summer storm. #newyork #newyorkcity @nyc @newyork http://t.co/4KVnP4UklQ
And another of the storm over New York City #newyork #newyorkcity @nyc @newyork http://t.co/ACDaOXogNt
Storm clouds over Lower Manhattan in New York City #newyork #newyorkcity @nyc @newyork #1wtc http://t.co/ysCMCb1wha
At sunset in New York the storm clouds parted and a rainbow appeared. #newyork #newyorkcity @nyc @newyork http://t.co/n8oJ7mELtU
Starbursts form on a bolt of lightning as it hits One World Trade Center. #newyork #newyorkcity @nyc @newyork http://t.co/3xB7a8LvXY
This bolt hitting One World Trade Center turned the sky red. #newyork #newyorkcity @nyc @newyork #lightning http://t.co/Uv23On0MEY
Lightning strikes One World Trade building during the storm tonight. http://t.co/9vpwgj1hzc
With the United Nations and Tudor City in the foreground, lightning strikes in the sky over the East River as a major storm approaches New York City July 2, 2014. Tropical Storm Arthur, the first of the Atlantic hurricane season, gathered strength July 20, 2014 and would likely reach hurricane strength over the next couple of days. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Lighting strikes over the Empire State Building as a major storm comes in New York City July 2, 2014. Tropical Storm Arthur is headed up the East Coast and could become a hurricane in some areas by July 3, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Lighting strikes over the Empire State Building as a major storm comes in New York City July 2, 2014. Tropical Storm Arthur is headed up the East Coast and could become a hurricane in some areas by July 3, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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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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