Interestingly, the bark of the tree wasn't burned or exploded, but rather, it popped off because of the rapid evaporation of water in the tree! That tree is not necessarily dead, but if it lives, it'll have a scar.
If you are walking amongst trees, keep an eye out for lightning scars on trees. Sometimes they appear raised - sometimes recessed. But a lightning strike will leave a scar along its length!
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