Incredible Photo: Lightning Hits Statue of LIberty

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

It was a once in a lifetime shot -- for which a photographer waited forty years. Ever since he was a teenager, Jay Fine wanted to snap a photo of the Statue of Liberty being struck by lightning, Well, Fine finally got his photo on September 22:

Striking ... lightning bolt hits Statue of Liberty
Photo courtesy Jay Fine/Caters News

"I had been watching weather reports so I knew a storm was coming and it just seemed like a great opportunity," said the 58-year-old New York-based photographer.

"I was ready and waiting when the lightning finally started and took 81 shots before finally getting this one.

"It was pure luck really, a once in a lifetime opportunity. It's the first photograph of its kind I have ever seen."

But it's not the first time the statue has attracted lightning. Far from it -- it's estimated that 600 bolts of lightning hit the statue every year.