A lightning strike has blasted a huge 5m crater inside a Mexican shopping centre’s marble floor after going through a hole in the roof.
The incident took place at the La Cuspide shopping centre in the neighbourhood of Lomas Verdes in the Mexican capital Mexico City last week.
A storm hit the area on the afternoon of 6th July and excess water had accumulated on the shopping centre’s canvas roof, causing it to split.
According to the news site El Universal, a lightning strike then entered through the hole, and created a huge crater in the shopping centre’s marble floor that was five metres in diameter.
The lightning bolt also reportedly smashed windows and damaged shop fronts as the stone flooring was blasted in all directions.
Civil Protection officials arrived on the scene to inspect the interior damage as well as potential structural problems, with the building later given the all-clear.
No one was injured during the lightning strike, but some shops reported damage.
In the images, a large hole is seen at one end of the shopping centre’s ground floor that apparently ripped up a large section of the marble.
Other images show a split in the canvas roof above several shop fronts.