A bolt of lightning struck a once-towering redwood in northern California, nearly killing a homeowner and her dog.

The blast Monday morning scattered pieces of the 150-foot tall tree all over Simone Nguyen's property and the surrounding neighborhood in San Mateo.

Witnesses said it looked like a bomb went off.

Nguyen had just taken her dog out into the yard when the sky suddenly reddened and the lightning struck.

"A million pieces of my tree just blew up in the sky," Nguyen told a reporter.

When she returned to her bedroom she found a big piece of tree lying where she had been sleeping moments before. It had flown through the window and shattered glass everywhere.

"I'm very sad and at the same I also feel very lucky that I'm alive," Nguywen said.

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