Scaffolders run for their lives as massive lightning bolt strikes yard


Amazing footage captures the moment a massive bolt of lightning hit a yard in Penzance, Cornwall after the UK saw record-breaking temperatures this week.

Scaffolders are seen running for their lives in the shocking footage below captured by Zak Harries an employee of scaffolding and access specialists Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding.

The terrifying strike hit at around 6:50am on Tuesday (July 19) while scaffolding workers were loading up trucks with materials for the day ahead.

Mr Harries had been filming the dark sky when lightning suddenly cracked from the sky towards the ground.

Although the strike was initially thought to of hit scaffolding in the yard, further investigation found it struck a yard light in the Great Western Railway Depot that is directly opposite Chris Sedgeman’s yard. It knocked a signal out on the line and caused chaos for commuters with trains between Penzance and Plymouth were heavily impacted.

Chris Sedgman Managing Director of Chris Sedgman Scaffolding said; “The strike was so strong it was felt by everyone in the yard, making us all think that it was our yard that was hit.

After further investigation, we could see it was not our yard. It did, however, knock all our WIFI, Server and some phones out.”