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Reporter Struck by Lightning on Live TV – Video "I saw a yellow spark on my hand and the umbrella handle."

Reporter Struck by Lightning on Live TV

During a live TV broadcast in China, reporter Liu Xiaodong was struck by lightning in the middle of his telecast. Xiaodong was reporting on a storm from atop the Dalian Meteorological Observatory, a high-rise building in China. In the video above, you can see the storm in the background; while Xiaodong is reporting, the sky flashes white and he immediately lets go of his umbrella, which on video, looked like a minor reaction for such a big flash.

“I saw a yellow spark on my hand and the umbrella handle,” Xiaodong told reporters. “The electricity traveled up my forearm and my hand was numb afterward.”  Neither Xiaodong nor the videographer were seriously injured.

A situation that could have been much worse ended up becoming a viral hit, gaining over 100,000 views almost overnight.

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