July 7, 2014 12:10 pm

WATCH: CN Tower struck by lightning during overnight storm

TORONTO – It’s something that officials at the CN Tower estimate happen 75 times a year, on average, but it doesn’t diminish how spectacular it is.

Toronto’s CN Tower was hit by lightning overnight Sunday into Monday as storms rolled into the city.

If you’re in the tower during a thunderstorm, you needn’t be worried: the CN Tower is built for it.

The CN Tower is essentially the city’s tallest lightning rod. Long copper strips run down the length of it to grounding rods that lie below the surface. So even if you’re in the tower when lightning strikes, aside from a very loud and startling noise, you’d be safe.

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© Shaw Media, 2014

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