A photographer captured video of the moment lightning struck the Empire State Building Monday, as rain, hail and thunderstorms rocked the area.
Henrik Moltke said he pointed his iPhone toward the building from a large window in his Fifth Avenue office as the thunderstorm rolled in. 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 said it only took him 30 seconds to get the shot he was looking for.
“It was just a lucky hit,” he said Tuesday.
He 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 right-hander 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 uncommon. According to the building’s website, lightning strikes the skyscraper an average of 23 times a year.