It was a pleasant enough day on December 21st near Defiance, Ohio while two hikers were out and about. Then they came across an incredibly rare sight. They spotted a “devil tree.” Now don’t be alarmed, Satan was not waving from the tree. Rather, the tree was burning from the inside out.

As one Youtuber explained: “Lightning strike, it runs through centre of tree to roots, the heat causes ignition but with limited oxygen it just smolders, can smolder for days even weeks after being struck !!” Sometimes lightning strikes can do this to trees, but it’s a very rare phenomenon. It’s even rarer to have recorded it on camera!