WATCH: Explosive lightning strike narrowly misses child playing in storm

Confronting vision of a child narrowly escaping a ferocious lightning strike in South America is being shared online, serving as an important reminder about storm safety.

In the video, the boy can be seen standing under an overflowing drain pipe in his backyard, with an umbrella in hand.

The youngster then ventures out onto the grass, before a large lightning bolt strikes just metres from where he is standing.


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Miraculously, local media say the child escaped injury.

The terrifying footage was shared to The Weather Channel Facebook page, where it has been viewed more than 410,000 times in just 11 hours.

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