A photographer captured video of the moment lightning struck the Empire State Building Monday, as rain, hail and thunderstorms rocked the area.
Henrik Moltke focused his camera on the 102-story building early Monday evening. In the video he’s heard saying: “I’m not going to stand here all day, thunder.” And seconds later a bolt of lightning appears to strike the skyscraper.
Moltke posted the 12-second clip to YouTube, which has since been viewed more than 53,000 times and has appeared on several news outlets including USA Today, Fox and ABC.
A still taken from the footage and tweeted out by Mets righthander Noah Syndergaard also garnered a reaction on social media. About 11:10 p.m. Syndergaard, whose nickname is Thor, -- as in the Norse god of thunder -- posted the photo with the caption: “Dear Empire State Building: Wasn’t me (For liability purposes only).” His tweet was retweeted 7,000 times and liked about 15,000 times.
Lightning striking the building is not an uncommon phenomenon. According to the building’s website, lightning strikes the skyscraper an average of 23 times a year.