Paris, France -- These spectacular pictures show the moment a bolt of lightning hit the Eiffel Tower in a freak lightning storm - forming a perfect letter P.
The dramatic images show that a sudden shift in weather in the City of Light turned the sky deep purple. The aggressive storm lasted just ten minutes, with electric lighting bolts illuminating the cloudy Parisian skyline.
A single coppery-pink ribbon of lightning curved around the city's iconic Eiffel Tower, in a semi-circle. Wind and rain-battered Parisians may have missed the uncanny moment a bolt of lightning curled around the Eiffel Tower and formed the letter P as they sheltered from the powerful weather. The freak weather display was over within minutes.
Amateur snapper Bertrand Kulik said these scenes were some of the strangest he had witnessed. He regularly photographs remarkable nature events and dramatic weather.
Once the storm passed, an unusual mammatus cloud pattern formed overhead. The cloud formations are only associated with the most severe thunderstorms. Mammatus clouds often appear in America's Midwest, where tornados and severe storms are common.