A fall thunderstorm gave some Winnipeg residents a big scare after lightning tore through a tree on Nightingale Road Thursday morning.

The lightning hit a spruce tree at around 11:30 a.m. in James Phillips’ front yard, tearing a strip of bark off and sending wood chips flying down the block.

"There was enormous loud clap, and there was a fireball in my front yard," he told CBC News.

"I immediately checked for fire," he said. "That it [lightning] didn't pierce the roof and start a fire in the attic or something."

No one was injured, but Phillips said his neighbour was several houses down and could feel static electricity from the strike.

"She said she felt a jolt in her bedroom, she was just getting ready to go out shopping."