A man in Australia narrowly escaped death after a large lightning bolt struck a tree next to his parked car, causing huge branches to fall onto his car.

Dash cam footage captured the terrifying moment on camera in a quiet residential street in Mudgee, located in central New South Wales.

The shocking clip shows Simon Somervail running to his parked orange 2009 Hyundai Getz, which is parked just under a large tree.

Somervail told the local news station Nine news from the Gold Coastthat he had forgotten his wallet inside the local convenience store.

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Simon Somervail's car was destroyed after a large tree was destroyed in a lightning storm in Australia. (Sam Gain-Emery via Storyful)

He is seen quickly placing his purchases in the backseat of his vehicle before running back inside the local store.

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A few seconds after the man leaves the frame, the video captures a loud bang as the tree explodes, causing branches and debris to fall onto the man's car.

“I heard a pop and felt an explosion like I had never heard before,” Somervail told the station.

Car covered in tree branches

Moments later, lightning strikes a tree next to the car, causing it to explode. (Sam Gain-Emery via Storyful)

The video captures Somervail returning to his car, which gave way under the crushing weight of falling branches.

“I don’t know if I would have been hurt more in the car or if I had been next to it,” he said.

Somervail said he is thankful he left his wallet inside the store because if he had been inside when the lightning struck, he could have been seriously injured.

“Sometimes it’s okay to forget things,” Somervail said, laughing.

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In an Instagram post, he joked that he was going to buy a lottery ticket and he barely did.

“Lightning and a very difficult decision. I'm going to buy a lottery ticket…” he wrote in the social media post.



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