7 Most Incredible Skyscrapers Being Struck by Lightning

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Image: Alisdair Miller

1. Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE

It’s fitting that the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is number one on our list because, standing at a colossal 2,717 feet (828 m), it is also the tallest skyscraper on Earth. In this image, we can see two bolts of lightning seemingly crashing at once into the top of the building against an amazing purple sky.

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Image: Alisdair Miller

Here, we have a different angle of the Burj Khalifa being struck by lightning. Sticking out above not only Dubai but all the other skyscrapers in the world, it’s almost as if the building is deliberately offering itself up for ‘electrocution’ by as many of the sky’s lightning bolts as possible; giving itself up to the thunderstorm, so to speak. Come to think of it, given that Dubai is located in the Arabian Desert, this theory might not be so far off. After all, lightning can’t be an everyday occurrence in a place with an annual rainfall of only 250 mm (9.84 in)…

As we have seen, lightning striking tall, iconic buildings is an impressive sight, and one that eyewitnesses will surely find hard to forget. Luckily for us, some of them were armed with cameras at the time, providing us with these electrifying images – and a wonderful opportunity to share the moment.

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