Dreadful Mushroom-Cloud of Lightning Looks Like Nuclear Burst

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Photo: Stefano Garau/Carters News Agency

Residents of the normally-sunny island of Sardinia could have been forgiven for running for the hills when this terrifying mushroom cloud appeared in the skies during an intense thunderstorm.

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Photo: Stefano Garau/Carters News Agency

But while it may look like the aftermath of a nuclear explosion the awesome cloud was a purely natural phenomenon – a giant storm cell lit up from the inside by a series of lightning bolts.

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Photo: Stefano Garau/Carters News Agency

The stunning set of photographs was taken by 27-year-old photographer Stefano Garau who captured the incredible moment from the balcony of his house after noticing the storm moving in fast.

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Photo: Stefano Garau/Carters News Agency

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Photo: Stefano Garau/Carters News Agency

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Photo: Stefano Garau/Carters News Agency

H/t: The Daily Mail