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A screengrab from the video. Image Credit: YouTube

Abu Dhabi: A massive bolt of lightning striking a parked car in Tihamah, Saudi Arabia was partially captured in a 2-second video.

Ahmed Al Hatimi said the video was taken in Al Lith city in the Tihamah region on the coast of the Red Sea, south west of Mecca.

“Accompanied by a relative and while filming the atmosphere Sunday night in Al Kad Al Ahmar, south of Al Lith, our car was struck by a thunderbolt while they were next to it, without causing any harm, praise be to God,” Al Hatimi said.

He added they have never experienced something that close and loud. It was a loud crack of thunder as a lightning bolt streaks through the sky and striked the car. “Light first then came the massive crack and boom, forcing me to cut filming from the horror of the situation,” he said.

Al Hatimi said terror was his immediate reaction and that he and his relative didn’t think twice and just ran away from the scene.