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07/16/2014 12:47 pm ET Updated Jul 16, 2014

Lightning Strikes Empire State Building During Intense New York City Thunderstorm (PHOTO)

Thunder shook New York City on Tuesday evening, and one talented photographer managed to catch the spectacular moment when a bolt of lightning struck the iconic Empire State Building.

William Anderson captured the photo with an iPhone 5s from a 40th floor balcony in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood and posted it to Instagram (@thewilliamanderson). The striking shot proves once again that some of the world's most beautiful photos can come from the smartphone in your pocket. Take a look.

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