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DENISON -- A red flash in the corner of surveillance video shows the lightning strike that knocked KTEN off the air this week.

We obtained the video from Five Star Storage located near our Denison studios.

According to the timestamp, the flash appears at 11:54pm, the same time lightning hit our broadcast tower on Saturday.

While it's the first we've seen of the strike, all week long, viewers, like Phillip Brewer, have been recalling what they heard.

"It was this huge boom," Brewer said. "I was afraid it was something down at the rail yard. It nearly shook us out of the bed the little skylight in our trailer started shaking. Even our little dog started freaking out. None of the power went out over here but it was like, a sonic boom."

The explosion, heard up to two miles away, is likely the transformer blowing up in the surveillance video.

Vaisala Incorporated, a lightning research and analysis company located in Tucson, Arizona, has been helping KTEN make sense of the strike all week.

"We can make an estimate that the strength of this cloud to ground stroke is one in 100,000," meteorologist Ron Holle said in a phone interview from Vaisala's offices.

According to the National Weather Service, the odds of a person being struck by lightning in a lifetime is one in 10,000.

A map compiled by Vaisala show there were three cloud-to-ground lightning strikes in the Texoma area between 10:04pm Saturday and 2:04am Sunday.

One of them, and by far the strongest, happened to hit our station.

"This one was measured at 386 kilolamps. The normal strength of a cloud-to-ground stroke is in the 20's and this one was 380 kilolamps. So, this was really strong. I've only seen a few stronger than this in my years," Holle said.