During the outbreak of intense storms that swept through the D.C. area Tuesday evening, a bolt of lightning struck an MRP Realty construction crane across the street from Nationals Park.
Video (below) of the incident shows lightning flashing vividly in the background until a bolt strikes the crane directly, sending sparks flying into the air while emitting a deafening “boom” (caution: an expletive is audible after the explosion):
Some fans at Nationals Park, sheltering under the concourses during a rain delay, were perilously close to the blast.
No one was hurt from the explosion, and lightning only damaged the crane operator’s radio, according to a spokesperson for MRP Realty. The crane is located at Dock 79, where a new residential development is in the works.