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The general practice is to make a bracha on the sky illuminating from lightning without actually seeing the bolt.

Does anyone know a source for this? Is this the most appropriate practice?

Also, can one make a bracha on a room illuminated from lightning from behind a curtain?

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Related: My friends an I once made a Brocho on "lightning" from a camera flash... –  yydl Jun 23 '10 at 23:56
Why would y'all do that? It is not lightning. How can you call the result of man-made technology "maasei v'reishis"? –  Yahu Jun 24 '10 at 4:44
I am not sure if your kidding, but I imagine he meant to illustrate the question by pointing out he made a mistake. –  SimchasTorah Jun 24 '10 at 13:33
Yeah. As YS said, we were in a bus, it was raining, and then someone took a picture. We thought it was actually lightning and made a Brocho... Then when in happened again, we identified the actual source. –  yydl Jun 24 '10 at 18:32
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Sefer Piskei Teshuvos (227:3, footnote 13) brings a few sources that one does not need to see the actual bolt.

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Shkoyach! For those w/o access, they are medayek from the lashon of "al habarakim" and it doesn't say "haroeh barak" like it does by all the other berachos. –  YDK Jun 24 '10 at 15:28
This answer could be much more valuable if the following are edited in: Link to identification of P"T, link to the cited responsum, English translation or summary of the reasoning in the cited responsum. –  Isaac Moses Jun 26 '13 at 19:31
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