The unsuspecting boy was standing under a pouring roof drainpipe, using an umbrella to shield his body, when the lightning bolt hit.
A horrified mum filming her young son playing with an umbrella captured the moment a bolt of lightning struck just feet away.
The 12-year-old boy was standing under a pouring roof drainpipe, using the umbrella to shield his body, in his garden in Posadas, Argentina.
Video footage shows a powerful bolt of lightning lance down from the almost clear sky and strike right by him.
Carolina Koturm, who was filming her son, shrieks and drops her phone as her garden fence bursts into flames .
She told local media: “It was morning, I was with my daughter in the room calming her, because she is scared of lightning.
“Then the lady who works in my house told me that my son was walking in the rain and I started filming because I was making a joke, and right next to him the lightning struck.
“Thank God, nothing happened to him.”
Basically the point of this video is a reminder to never let your kids go out and play when their is an electrical storm going on.
The fierce electrical storm reportedly had wide-ranging effects in the region.
In San Pedro del Parana, 68 miles from the unnamed 12-year-old’s lucky escape, two brothers were not so fortunate during a lightning strike.
Sinforiano Venialgo Vazquez, 43, and Simon Venialgo Vazquez, 41, were tragically killed when lightning struck their home.