Statue of Liberty hit by lightning

This is the moment the Statue of Liberty was hit by lightning – and caught on camera by a photographer who waited two hours in a storm-hit New York City.

New Yorker Jay Fine apparently waited more than 40 years for the shot before braving the storm last month in Manhattan’s Battery Park City.

The 58-year-old photographer caught the incredible snap – but it was a rather arduous process capturing the perfect picture.

The amazing moment caught on camera (Pic: Caters)

He said: ‘I had been watching weather reports so I knew a storm was coming and it just seemed like a great opportunity.

‘I was ready and waiting and took 81 shots before finally getting this one.

‘I was shocked when I realised what had happened.

‘It was pure luck really, a once in a lifetime opportunity. It’s the first photograph of its kind I have ever seen.’

The iconic statue – which stands at 305ft tall – was built in 1886 and is said to attract over 600 bolts of lightning each year.

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