Boat torched by lightning strike in Pueblo caught on camera

Boat torched by lighning strike in...

PUEBLO, Colo. - With recent rain and storms, lightning strikes have been prevalent. One of those strikes, however, was caught on camera by a boater in Pueblo.

It happened on Monday evening. Sheldon Reese, who has been the manager of the North Shore Marina for the past 18 years, was inside his home when the storm was brewing. Then, he noticed something peculiar.

"I heard a big boom -- and came out here and see what it was and, by golly, the sailboat got hit by lightning," Reese said.

The boat then caught on fire, and that wasn't the only risk posed by the strike. Gas pumps were only several feet away.

"The first thing I'm looking at is there's gas right next to it, and I was like, 'We can't have this,'" Reese added.

Thankfully, no one was hurt by the strike. Reese has a message for fellow boaters, though: "Don't go out when there's lightning!"

He says it will take about $10,000 to repair the boat's interior.



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