Big tree ‘explodes’ when lightning bolt hits it in southwest Denver

DENVER -- A lightning bolt blew a big tree apart in southwest Denver on Wednesday evening, and it shook an entire neighborhood.

It happened as a slow-moving storm system with drenching rain moved into the Denver metro area.

"It was like a stick of dynamite ... it hurt my teeth," a homeowner said while describing what the lightning strike was like.

It happened in the 2700 block of South Ivan Way, near West Yale Avenue and South Sheridan Boulevard.

The big tree was in pieces on the ground.

It caused damage to a home on the corner, blowing out windows on the house. A window on a vehicle was broken out.

Denver Fire Department spokesman Greg Pixley said the call came at 5:16 p.m.

He said there was a minor fire in the basement, but firefighters were able to extinguish it quickly. It caused minimal damage.

Neighbors said several homes shook when the lightning hit.

There were no injuries reported. But people were stunned at the immense power of the lightning strike.