GOLD CANYON, AZ (3TV/CBS 5)--Talk about a close call for one Valley mother!

Lightning hit near a family gathering in Gold Canyon Sunday afternoon and it was caught on camera.

[RAW VIDEO: Lightning strikes near Gold Canyon family gathering]

VIDEO - Mother's Day comes with a bolt of lightning

In the video, Sheila Miller was opening a gift when lightning hit a nearby power pole.

"It was like an explosion," said Miller. "We just saw this bright light and as we all looked over, the flash was coming off the power line. It was just intense."

The family had gathered out on the patio to relax and open some Mother's day presents.

There was a storm in the area, but they didn't think much of it.

Then, as Miller's daughter started recording her on her cell phone, there was a loud bang and flash of light.

A bolt of lightening had just hit a power pole on the other side of the backyard.

Miller's mom, Kathy Nolan,  said she felt a shock in her toes as all the gifts blew off the table

"I felt something spark," said Nolan. "I was just like it could have been static electricity, but it was just weird."

The family is a little surprised by all the attention the video is getting on social media.

But its not every day a family almost gets hit by lightning on Mother's Day

"When you watch the video, you see the flash of light and realize how close it really was," said Miller.  "It kind of makes you stop and go, Arizona weather is crazy ."

"I'm just glad we can laugh about it, and say wow, that was close instead of wow, something bad happened, because within feet it could have been inside the yard," said Miller.

 


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