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Shocking

Zap! 477-mile-long lightning bolt crosses 3 U.S. states and breaks records

Nature didn’t hold back.

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Lightning can be both frightening and fascinating.

You probably know the feeling that comes from watching a thunderstorm rip across the sky in a burst of bright flashes.

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In recent years, both North and South America experienced some of the biggest and brightest bolts ever recorded, according to the World Meteorological Agency (WMO).