Rod Murphy, of Sebring, experienced the scare of his life when a bolt of lighting set his neighbor's backyard ablaze

Rod Murphy, of Sebring, experienced the scare of his life when a bolt of lighting set his neighbor's backyard ablaze
This is the incredible moment a Florida man experiences the scare of his life when a huge bolt of lighting sets his neighbor's house ablaze.

Rod Murphy, of Sebring, was aware of the rain forecast and had decided to turn off the sprinklers so his plants would not be overwatered.

But the timing of the chore proved fateful as he witnessed how the stunning flash as the lightning struck his neighbor's backyard, with flaming earth erupting from the ground.

A shocked Rod placed his right hand on his chest and let out a scared cry fleeing inside his home, perhaps not quite processing what had just happened.



His wife, Denice, submitted the striking Ring video to New Channel 8, which first reported the story.

It is unclear what damage the lighting caused, or whether anyone was injured.

Florida is considered the lightning capital of the US, according to the National Weather Service.

Its unique location, surrounded by warm water, and large shape make residents of the not-always-so Sunshine State at risk for thunderstorms and lightning strikes.

The state has around 3,500 cloud-to-ground lightning flashes per day and in 2019, 20 people died from lightning strikes.