Lightning struck the Washington Monument Thursday night, igniting and lighting up the sky in the D.C. area, a new viral video clip shows.
WUSA 9’s Sky Cam captured video footage of lightning striking the Washington Monument with a bolt of lightning. Other flashes of light occur nearby in the moments right after.
Wow! The Washington Monument struck by lightning about an hour ago. pic.twitter.com/sgsRc4WCrV— Danny Deraney (@DannyDeraney) June 5, 2020
This is somewhat normal. According to Atlas Obscura, lightning often strikes the 555-foot monument. In fact, the solid aluminum capstone melted about half of a year after it was installed in December 1884.