Video: London's Shard struck by lightning

Peter Spence
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The Shard was hit by a bolt of lightning this afternoon (Source: @aiaworldwide/Michael Hoskinson)

Earlier this afternoon London's iconic Shard building was hit by lightning.

According to a YouGov poll, 57 per cent of Londoners think it's changed the capital's skyline for the better.

The 87-storey scraper has been given the seal of approval at one of the construction industry's top awards, voted the world's best.

It's at least a much more interesting building than the newly christened 'Salesforce Tower London'.

Still images can make it appear that the skyscraper is firing a beam of energy, rather than being hit, so we hope the video below helps clear things up.