YIKES! Watch as Lightning Bolt Strikes Close to Central Florida Police Officer

By  //  July 1, 2018

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Florida has 1.2 million lightning flashes per year

ABOVE VIDEO: An Apopka Police Officer was loading up his vehicle earlier this week and got quite a shock when lightning struck in the parking lot behind him. (Surveillance video released by the Apopka Police Department)

APOPKA, FLORIDA– They don’t call Florida the lightning capital of the United States for nothing.

While Florida is known as the Sunshine State, it is notorious for thunderstorms, lightning strikes and fatalities.

According to Accuweather, on average, Florida has 3,500 cloud to ground lightning flashes per day and 1.2 million flashes per year.

One of those flashes occurred earlier this past week and was a little too close for comfort for one Apopka police officer.

The officer was getting out of the car during a thunderstorm and a security camera caught lightning in the distance and then a bright blast as a bolt struck across the parking lot.

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The officer is seen hustling back into the safety of his vehicle.

No one was injured but multiple transformers were damaged and electricity was knocked out, according to Public Information Officer, Sgt. Kim Walsh.

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