True story – this happened to a tree behind my house 2 years ago. The lightning then spread to my house and 3 or 4 other trees in the neighborhood. Our alarm went off, then malfunctioned & had to be fixed. 2 or 3 of those other trees had to be cut down recently, along with our tree, which literally died shortly after getting hit. Seeing a naked tree in the middle of summer- kinda weird.