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CCTV footage shows the moments of destruction following lightning striking a Leicester Gurdwara.
The video shows elderly female worshippers singing hymns together before the roof suddenly collapses in on them, causing chaos and panic.
No injuries have been reported, but a woman was taken to hospital has a precautionary measure.
A lightning strike that destroyed the roof of a Leicester Gurdwara took place only 30 minutes after the building had been full of people.
Worshippers at the Ramgarhia Sikh Temple on Meynell Road had been celebrating the wedding of a committee member's daughter minutes earlier. The strike happened just after everyone had left.
Inderjit Singh Panesar, the president of the board at the temple said: "We left the Gurdwara at about half-past two. We had a full congregation of 200-250 people in the morning…Had the incident taken place half an hour earlier, it would have been a major disaster.
"I am still in shock and devastated for the community. "Members of the congregation sit near the stage…So I daren't imagine what might have been...I honestly think we would have had some fatalities [had people been here]."
No series injuries have been reported, but one woman was taken to hospital as a precaution.
A lightning strike destroyed a large section of a temple roof in Leicester yesterday, showering those inside with debris.
No injuries were reported after the roof of the Ramgarhia Sikh Temple on Meynell Road caved in, showering worshippers with wooden beams and roof tiles.