SMOULDERING: The crater caused by a lighting strike on Parklands Blvd on Sunday evening.
SMOULDERING: The crater caused by a lighting strike on Parklands Blvd on Sunday evening. Contributed

See what a lightning strike did to this Fraser Coast path

WHEN he saw the flash of light and felt his windows shake, Brendon Becker thought there had been an explosion nearby.

On a walk the next morning, the Hervey Bay resident discovered it was a lightning strike which left a smouldering crater on a Parklands Blvd pathway about 40m from his house.

 

SMOULDERING: The crater caused by a lighting strike on Parklands Blvd on Sunday evening.
SMOULDERING: The crater caused by a lighting strike on Parklands Blvd on Sunday evening. Contributed

Mr Becker saw the lightning strike about 5pm on Sunday during a downpour on the Fraser Coast.

"All the windows in the house shook, I saw a big flash outside and heard a massive sound, like an explosion," Mr Becker said.

"By Tuesday morning I found the crater and noticed the lightning had burned through the concrete.

"My wife and I even found small pieces of concrete about 8-10m from the site and small shards along the path."

Mr Becker said it happened close to a playground on Parklands Blvd.

"I thought about how lucky it was that no-one else was hit," he said.

"It's a very popular park for families and groups."

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