Why have football teams been so seemingly cautious this season when lightning storms are in the area? To make sure nobody is around when something like this happens.
Video obtained by the Orlando Sentinel shows a bolt of lightning strike a tree just feet from the field during halftime of a game between Orlando University High School and Boone High School last Friday. The strike marked the arrival of a massive storm, with fans taking shelter underneath the bleachers for nearly an hour, according to the Sentinel.
“We all ran for cover,” Boone parent Bob Jones told the newspaper. “The weather was great and it hit with no warning. Friday the 13th was a crazy night.”
Officials called the game at half — University won 14-7 — and there were no reported injuries. That in itself is a tremendous stroke of luck, as the Boone team — wearing white and orange on the far side of the field — was congregated not far from the struck tree.
Check out the video below to see the moment the storm hit (begins at the 5:05 mark).