Drone Catches Lightning Strike Sparking a Fire
Occurred on July 16, 2019 / Estero, Florida, USA
Info from Licensor: "I was trying to capture lightning strikes on my drone. The lightning strike I captured was very close and extremely loud. I noticed right where the lightning struck, there was smoke. I flew my drone closer and realized the strike had set a tree on fire. Concerned that the fire would spread in the woods, I called the fire department. I gave them an estimate of where in the woods it was and told them I had footage of it. My drone was dead at this point and I was charging it. They ended up sending a squad car over to my house and I showed them the video. We used that video and compared it to google maps to pinpoint the location of the fire. I took my drone off of the charger and put it back up with only 2 minutes of flight time left in the battery to see the smoke again and by that time it had dwindled down and luckily didn't spread. The fire department thanked me and went over to the woods and stomped out what was left of the fire and smoke."