This picture shows the calm before the storm. The clouds gathered and it got dark. It rained...not a lot. We were sitting in our living room watching a movie. It wasn't raining any longer. It was hot and humid. All of a sudden there was a big boom...our living room lit up like a fireball had exploded. It was so loud that it made the phone ring, next to my husband's chair. My hubby literally jumped out of his chair. My eyes were as big as saucers...he said. We knew that something had been hit by lightning nearby. Then we heard sirens. We aren't usually the kind of people who chase fire engines, but these were in our neighborhood. The lightning hit just a few doors up the street. It hit the electrical box of a neighbor's house and left a hole in the house. Our neighborhood is all hills, so we are pretty high and lightning has hit before. This was the strangest thing though. There was no storm, wind, rain....nothing at the time it happened. My husband was just ready to go out and cook on our grill. There was no rain after this happened either. Even our hard of hearing Laddie...headed for the closet.