Last night's storm in New York City brought a dramatic display, as the iconic Empire State Building was hit by lighting three times in rapid succession.
Manhattan's tallest building was brilliantly lit up, and caught on video.
Zapped!: The Empire State Building was hit by lightning during a storm last night, but no damage resulted since the icon is well protected
The 1,454-foot tall structure is struck by an average of 100 bolts a year.
Luckily, the landmark was designed to channel the high voltage harmlessly to the ground.
The secret is so-called 'lightning rods', which were invented by Ben Franklin in the 1750s. The rods direct the flow of electricity to the ground, where it dissipates.
The building is struck an average of 100 times a year
Before completing his design for lightning rods, Franklin tried his legendary (and exceedingly dangerous) kite experiment, in which he lofted a metal key into the air, tethered with an insulating silk line.
When Franklin saw that the key was getting charged from the electricity in the air, he knew for certain that lighting was made up of electricity.
Do not try that at home.
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