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A detail of Tribune photographer Chris Sweda's amazing shot. Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune hide caption

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Lightning struck Chicago this week. Tornadoes were in the forecast Wednesday night, and Chicago Tribune photographer Chris Sweda rushed up to the top floor of the John Hancock building and snapped his shutter just as two bolts of lightning simultaneously zapped the spires of both the Willis Tower and the new Trump Tower.

His photo is sensational: A pair of lightning bolts throwing stage-lights into the skyline.

No doubt those two great lightning bolts were caused by an atmospheric discharge of electricity inside the thunderstorm. But Wednesday was also the day that a jury heard audio of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich muse with an aide that, as governor of President Obama's home state, the U.S. Senate seat it was in his power to appoint just might convince the president to name Blagojevich ambassador to India.

Maybe that's why lightning struck.

As Sweda's photo was zapped around the world, many people wondered if it had been some kind of computer-concocted spectacle. The Tribune convincingly explained that it was truly the providence of putting a gifted photographer in the right place at the right time.



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