02/06/2015 07:02 BST | Updated 02/06/2015 07:59 BST

Dashcam Captures The Moment A Police Car Was Almost Hit By Lightning

Gautier Police Officer Mark Rodriguez might be one of the luckiest people alive.

Just days ago the police officer had the distinct pleasure of being just metres away from a super-hot rod of plasma, or in other words a ruddy great bolt of lightning.

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The lethal dose of nature touched ground like something out of 'Thor' most probably causing Officer Rodriguez to have the shock of his life.

When you see the burning embers after the strike it becomes apparent as to just how lucky he was not to have been on the receiving end.

What we get instead is one completely safe (if shaken) police officer and a video that can act as a valuable lesson for all of us: don't get hit by lightning folks because as we all know, it's almost always our own fault.

Of course at this point it's probably fair to give a gentle nod to Faraday, the inventor that devised a way of protecting objects from huge surges of electricity. Almost all cars are outfitted as Faraday cages so had the lightning struck the metal body of the car he probably would have been fine.


Just to give you some idea of what Officer Rodriguez managed to escape, the average bolt of lightning contains around five billion joules, that's enough to power an entire household for a month.

Now combine that with the average power within a thunderstorm and you have something with the energy of an atomic bomb.