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Rain clouds pass over the London skyline including the Shard skyscraper as rain briefly delays play for the second time today during the One Day cricket match between England and Sri Lanka at the Oval cricket ground in London, Thursday, May 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Rain clouds pass over the London skyline including the Shard skyscraper as rain briefly delays play for the second time today during the One Day cricket match between England and Sri Lanka at the Oval cricket ground in London, Thursday, May 22, 2014.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Rain clouds pass over the London skyline on Thursday, May 22. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Londoners were hit with an unexpected midday downfall on Thursday, May 22. And where there is rain, there may be lightning.

Some eagle eye office workers had their cameras out and caught London’s tallest skyscraper, The Shard, getting into a scrap with a bolt of lightning.

AIA Worldwide employee Michael Hoskinson tweeted the below snap:

As the saying goes: “Lightning only strikes once,” and Hoskinson was quick to capture it and the front page of The Guardian:

It’s quite startling when seeing “fire” streak through the sky, actually making contact with a building, but there are no reports of damage or any injuries.

You can check out the lunchtime activity in this video via BBC News.

While lightning technically can strike a second time, in the same place, it’s quite unlikely. Possibly the keepers of The Shard are relieved that it’s happened, it’s over with, and they can happily move on to other business.

Have you ever seen lightning strike?

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By Brigid Brown