SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (KGO) -- It was an amazing and rare sight over Santa Barbara.
Check out these spectacular photos of lightning lighting up the sky overnight.
RELATED: Lightning strikes light up skies across SoCal
The National Weather Service reported more than 1,200 bursts in a five minute period-- with more than 2,200 across Southern California.
They were all caused by a powerful thunderstorm that swept over the region.
There were no reports of anyone being hit.
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More than 2,200 lighting strikes reported in Southern California overnight