Volcanic lightning, also known as a dirty thunderstorm, is the unusual weather occurrence which can happen inside of a volcanic plume. The phenomenom has been spotted around the world at locations such as the Chaiten Volcano in Chile and Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull and more with photographers capturing it all in dramatic photos.
They are thought to occur when electrical charges are built up from rock fragments, ash and ice particles colliding together inside the volcanic plume producing a static charge. We've put together 17 of the best high quality volcanic lightning photos on the internet to leave you in awe. Click on the gallery below to view them in higher quality.