Lightning knocks the siding and doorbell off of a Clearwater home early Wednesday morning

CLEARWATER, Fla - A lightning bolt caused severe damage to home on Citrus Street in Clearwater, blowing off the home's siding and doorbell.

It happened around 1 a.m. Wednesday at 1450 Citrus Street.

According to Clearwater Fire Rescue, the homeowners were awake when it happened and the strike left them very scared.  They were not hurt.

Metal parts flew off of the home, including the siding, doorbell and address numbers.

Neighbor Joseph Gafa told ABC Action News the strike was too close for comfort.

"I jumped three or four feet off my couch," said Gafa.

Gafa says he did not realize at the time that his neighbor's house was struck by lightning.  Instead, when he saw fire trucks arrive, he thought there was some sort of medical emergency.

"I am glad they are OK," he said.

The couple in the home declined to comment.

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