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Lightning Strikes Beetham Tower In Manchester.

This is the electrifying moment the Beetham Tower in Manchester was struck by lightning.

A bolt of lightning hit the roof of the 47-storey skyscraper during a violent summer storm on Thursday morning.

Video technician Andrew Cooper captured the dramatic scene when he set up a webcam in his office window at Manchester University.

He said: “I put the camera in my window because I could see there was a big storm brewing. It was only running for about ten minutes when it filmed the lightning strike.”

Andrew added: “I have always enjoyed watching storms and I just thought I would put the camera up. I never thought it would get such a dramatic strike, it’s just a shame that I didn’t have a better camera on it – all I was using was a £50 webcam.

“There was quite a bang of thunder afterwards, it was a really spectacular storm.”

The bolt of lightning hit the 554 ft (169m) tall tower - Manchester's tallest building - on Deansgate at 9.20 am on Thursday.

Architect Ian Simpson lives in the Penthouse apartment at the top of the tower but a spokeswoman said he was away in London at the time.

The Hilton Hotel occupies the lower 23 floors of the building and the higher floors are apartments. Premiership footballer Phil Neville is among those who own an apartment in the tower.

There were no reports of any damage caused to the building.

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Added: Jul-30-2009 Occurred On: Jul-29-2009
By: barnesy
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Tags: Lightning, Strikes, Beetham, Tower, In, Manchester.
Location: Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom (UK/GB) (load item map)
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