An 11-year-old boy has died after being hit by lightning as he played with his friends in the rain.
Juan Sebastian Brito Vega was playing in an electrical storm in the streets of San Juan del Cesar, in the northeastern Colombian department of La Guajira.
He was tragically hit by a lightning bolt as he was playing, witnesses told local media the youngster was left motionless on the ground.
Local residents heard the crash of the lightning and rushed to the scene, with the youngster being taken to hospital but pronounced dead on arrival.
Witnesses said it was not common for electrical storms to occur in the area.
The tragedy took place during Colombia’s coronavirus lockdown and it is unclear why Vega was breaking the curfew currently being imposed.
The local authorities are investigating the case and no other injuries have been reported.
The death of the young boy, who was a keen football fan, has shocked the local community but neighbours will not be allowed to attend his funeral because of the coronavirus lockdown.
Reports state Colombia has seen an unusual number of electrical storms during the rainy season with strong winds also recorded.
The authorities have warned locals about the dangers of playing during the storms.
Separately, last week a bolt of forked lightning struck the Washington Monument in DC – with conspiracy theorists claiming it is a “Biblical” message from God.
Dramatic footage showed electrical discharge flare across the capital city, before a fork of lightning stabbed the monument.
The four-second long clip has been watched more than nine million times on Twitter and sparked wild theories about it being a bad omen or a sign that “God is unhappy”.
It came after US President Donald Trump had a strange photo-op amid the protests about George Floyd’s death.