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Raw video: Freak fireball of lightning blows up moving pickup truck, couple lives

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An elderly couple received the jolt of a lifetime when their cruising pickup truck was struck by lightning last Saturday.

Al and Betty Perry were driving in Alberta, Canada, CTV Edmonton reported, when a bolt of lightning hit their vehicle, immediately filling it with smoke, frying the electrical system, and melting swaths of the body.

“It sounded like a sonic boom,” related Perry, as a surveillance camera across the street captured the freak occurrence on tape.

“It was all blowing up in my face,” said Betty, who had recently recovered from a stroke.

Stuck on the side of the road, Al tried mightily to kick the window out, but to no avail. “How are we going to get out of this particular thing?” he wondered. “This is a coffin.”

Fortunately, an officer was driving by and helped to extricate the couple. They were soon released by a doctor in good health, and celebrated their 47 anniversary a few days later.

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