WUSA9's SkyCam captured an incredible moment last night (June 4) during thunderstorms that passed through the Washington, DC area.
During a period of heavy rain and thunder, the camera captured a bolt of lightning striking the Washington Monument.
Apparently, the Monument is struck with regularity every year, and it was noted that the "solid aluminium capstone installed in December 1884 melted down by about 3/8ths of an inch within half a year."
Two National Guard members were also reportedly injured in a lightning strike near Lafayette Square around midnight. They were taken to the hospital with "serious but non-life-threatening injuries," says the Washington Post.