Terrifying footage has emerged showing the moment a family of three were sent ‘flying’ after they were struck by lightning while on a hike.
Chris Lovera was walking with his two kids, Aidan, 12, and Nadia, nine, when it began to pour and they were forced to shelter under a tree in Sequoia National Park, California.
uddenly, they were ‘blown up’ by a huge lightning bolt that threw them through the air.
Chris said: ‘One rescuer, Nick Barton, said it looked as if we had been blown up, bodies flying, dirt and debris ejecting from the eight-inch deep furrow made as the lightning exited my right foot and made a direct path through the ground to the lake.’
The father was paralyzed for a short time after the bolt had melted his clothes and caused second-degree burns on his back and arm.
His children also suffered severe burns and punctured eardrums.
The incredible incident was captured on camera by hikers across the water.
It shows the bolt slam down to Earth and a witness says he saw bodies flying through the air.