Must-see: Dramatic photos capture lightning off California coast

A fire department spokesman's stunning photos of lightning off the California coast are taking social media by storm.

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Credit: Mike Eliason

Credit: Mike Eliason

According to CNN, Mike Eliason of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department snapped the photos Tuesday night as thunderstorms pounded the region with more than 2,000 lightning strikes.

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The Los Angeles Times reported that lightning briefly knocked out power to some terminals at Los Angeles International Airport and struck a Seattle-bound plane, which was forced to return to LAX. No passengers were hurt, officials said.

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