PHOENIX - Valley resident Sergio Rodriguez reacted like most people would when he walked into his backyard and saw a burned cactus.
"I was just like 'what the heck happened,'” Rodriguez recalled.
When his father woke up this morning and told him the cactus was knocked down, he did not expect to see it burned down. But he believes he knows what caused it.
"The only thing I can think of was, lightning hit it."
There’s a chance he could be right. The cactus is burned in only one spot, and there are two more cacti next to it that look fine, as well as everything else around it. And Saturday night alone, the National Weather Service reported 40 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes in the Valley.
“There's no wiring over here, so it can't be electric from wires or anything,” Rodriguez said.
His unique experience proves there’s a first time for everything.
“I've never seen anything like this, I've never ever seen a cactus get burnt,” Rodriguez said.
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