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Scary dash-cam video catches bolt of lightning striking within feet of police car

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Posted at 6:54 AM, May 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-30 07:01:56-04

A police officer in Gautier, Mississippi was driving in stormy weather on Tuesday when lightning struck the road right in front of him and was captured on his dash cam.

Sgt. Mark Rodriguez was traveling down Interstate 10, according to WLOX in Biloxi.

Sgt. Rodriguez told the station he was driving over the Tchoutacabouffa River when the lightning bolt hit the bridge.

The intense close-up flash nearly blinded him, Rodriguez said.

When Rodriguez returned to the spot where the lightning hit the ground, he found a chunk of singed concrete.