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  • A security camera outside of Wautoma High School in Wautoma, Wis., captured the moment a bolt of lightning struck a tree.
  • School officials said the lightning strike occurred around 8:25 a.m. Thursday as students were preparing to take the ACT Aspire test.

Students at a Wisconsin high school got quite the distraction Thursday just as they were getting ready to take a test. 

A security camera outside of Wautoma High School in Wautoma, Wis., captured the moment a bolt of lightning struck a tree on campus, causing it to catch fire and disintegrate in seconds. 


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School officials said the lightning strike occurred around 8:25 a.m. as 9th and 10th grade students were getting ready to take the ACT Aspire test. 

“Initially, the students and staff were startled by the event; however, after realizing what had just happened, they were fascinated by the rare incident that occurred just feet from them,” principal Jennifer Johnson told WBAY

Officials said no one was injured in the strike and no school property suffered damage. 

The video was posted to social media by the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS).

“You just never know when lightning will strike,” the NWS said. 

“So the NWS slogan ‘When Thunder Roars Go Indoors’ please heed that advice next time you hear thunder.”

 


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Published on Apr 09, 2021