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As this question mentions, one should say the bracha if the sky lights up, even if one does not see the bolt.

What if one is facing away from the window when lightning strikes and the light fills the room? Does this count as seeing lightning?

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Did you take a look at the source quoted in the answer on that question to see how broadly it might apply? – Isaac Moses Jun 26 '13 at 19:24
I don't currently have access to it. A link would be helpful. – Cislunar Jun 26 '13 at 20:29
Why isn't this a duplicate of the linked question? – Daniel Jun 26 '13 at 21:47
As alluded to by others, the preexisting question already asks about "a bracha on a room illuminated from lightning from behind a curtain", which is similar enough to this that I'm seconding the motion to close. – msh210 Jun 27 '13 at 7:17
@msh210 might it make sense to remove the bit about the curtain in that question? – Seth J Jun 27 '13 at 13:03

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