This is the dramatic moment that a lightning bolt struck one of Solihull’s tallest buildings.
The electrical charge connected with the conductor on top of Clare House – a 14-storey tower block in Smith’s Wood – over the weekend.
The strike, which happened during a sudden thunderstorm on Saturday evening (June 13), was captured by local man Shaun Myers.
Solihull Community Housing (SCH), which manages the high-rise on behalf of the borough council, confirmed this week that the rooftop rod had safely earthed the bolt.
No harm to tenants or damage to the high-rise, in Barle Grove, was reported.
Fiona Hughes, SCH’s chief executive, described Mr Myers’ photo as “spectacular” but was relieved no harm was done.
“The most important thing of course was that no-one was hurt, and thanks to the lightning conductors doing their job, no damage was sustained at Clare House itself.”
Asked if there was any noise when the bolt connected, Mr Myers said that he was just aware of the thunder which was “very loud, being so close”.
A number of residents had commented on the dramatic weather conditions on a community Facebook page.
Robert Buckley described the sky turning “blood red” in North Solihull, while Sharon Brady said: “Everywhere was dark apart from inside the rainbow… It lit the flats up. It was so weird.”
Clare House, which contains around 60 flats, was one of many high-rises erected on the area’s newly-built council estates in the late 1960s.
The buildings had been put up by Birmingham City Council, with a shake-up of council boundaries bringing them into the borough in 1974.