HOUSTON—In Orlando Friday, dramatic video shows lightning striking an oak tree just feet from the Boone High School squad, which was huddled together on the adjacent track at the half.
The home team’s “University High School Band’s” performance was being captured on video by one of the parents when the jolt sent the home team running for cover, while many others were too stunned to move.
Despite screams of panic, miraculously, there were no injuries.
Distant storms were in progress several miles away, but it appeared safe, as far-away lightning flashes are not out of the ordinary for central Florida in September. Further, it was not even raining at the time.
The game was called shortly after the incident with the home team was declared the winner, ahead 14-7.
This weather phenomena is known as a “bolt from the blue” lightning, which can jump from its parent cloud to a distance of over 10 miles.
Lightning is a leading cause of weather-related deaths in Florida. To date, four people have been killed in 2013 alone.