Video shows bolt of lightning striking boat in South Boston

A video circulating online shows lightning nearly blowing a boat in South Boston to smithereens as severe thunderstorms swept through the Boston area Saturday evening.

The video shows a sailboat floating next to a dock at the Columbia Yacht Club when the bolt of lightning suddenly shoots down from the sky, striking the boat and causing a small explosion.

The National Weather Service retweeted the video, saying it was a perfect illustration of why people shouldn’t be outside in stormy weather.