Lightning bolt misses couple by inches and blows hikers off their feet

Lightning bolt misses couple by inches and blows hikers off their feet

April 15, 2019

This is the moment a lightning bolt came within inches of striking a couple on a mountain during a storm and blows the unwitting hikers off their feet.

Marcel and his wife Magda Gallardo – who survived – had decided to hike to the top of Montseny Massif, about an hour outside of the city of Mataro in the eastern Spanish region of Catalonia, while the weather was clear.

In the video footage, a huge lightning bolt strikes the wet ground with a terrifying noise and Marcel appears to be knocked over.

The couple was surprised by a thunderstorm as they were reaching the top and while Magda was posing next to the cross on the peak, her husband decided to film the moment.

Marcel even joked that they were "going to die" when the weather turned and hailstones started to fall.

According to reports, the couple did not see the lightning at the time and were unsure what happened on top of the mountain.

When they got home, they watched the video and were shocked to see the bolt striking the wet ground near their feet.

They were both uninjured during the incident and family members joked that the fortunate couple should buy a lottery ticket this week.

Magda told local media: "What surprised us most was that there were hailstones in the area, but no thunder or lightning so we were very shocked."

Marcel added: "We could smell burning after the strike."

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