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Lightning strikes the Willis Tower in downtown on June 12, 2013 in Chicago.Scott Olson—Getty Images
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Lightning strikes the Willis Tower in downtown on June 12, 2013 in Chicago.
Scott Olson—Getty Images
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Bolts From the Blue: The Beauty of Lightning

Jun 24, 2013

Nothing more romantic than a discharge of energy that allows the atmosphere to restore electrostatic balance, lightning nonetheless thrills us, frightens us and holds us spellbound. TIME’s photo editors offer a selection of stunning images showcasing a powerful force that kills about 50 people in the U.S. each year.

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