Thunderbolts and Lightning Very Very Frightening

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  1. Paulyseggs

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    Couldn't think of anything else to title this so ya got me singin this!

    Mid June we had a Tstorm that took down a tree. That tree ripped the electrical wire from the house and layed it on the lawn.
    Wire stayed live for about an hour til the power company cut the juice.
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    Nuttin but juice. The insulation caught fire occasionally but that was just electricity.

    This was the next morning IMG_20190809_175620_04.jpg

    Today I got a couple of chunks up. Really cool stuff!! 15653879348531728651614.jpg can see a piece of the wire. 15653879634141454878840.jpg Fused wad of dirt!! 1565387994888395496432.jpg the inside of it.


    Sorry it's not more bushcrafty. But I get really excited and have no one else to show:4:
     
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    Galileo, Galileo, Galileo figuro....

    Hey if there's dirt involved it bushcraft!
     
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    That is cool. Thanks for showing us. Glad it wasn't something that turned into a bad situation.
     
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    Looks like it could have been much worse. Amazing to see the power of a lightning bolt up close like that!
     
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    I have a piece of what his basically glass from when a live wire like that burnt a hole through concrete.
     
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    Its like really bubbly glass & black sand!!


    Yeah. Coulda been alot worse. I try not to think about that


    Thanks for singin along!
     
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    That reminds me of lightning glass.
    I saw an article that showed these glass structures where lighting struck beach sand. Pretty cool stuff. Glad no one was hurt.
     
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    Awesome fulgarite!!!

    You lucky duck.
     
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    You were mistaken. Obviously an alien space ship landed in your yard. You thought the power line caused the burns. They wanted you to think that... :9:

    Glad you are OK. I almost bought the farm with one of those one time. Was playing a firehose on a burning building... not knowing the power line was live and lying in the yard. I started wetting down the tree in the back of the building when I saw the power line... (was night/dark). LUCKY on that one.
     
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    Cool. Learned a new word!!:dblthumb:
     
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    I recommend you put up a lightening rod .
    It was done in the old days to keep the lightening from striking the house or other structures and it worked .
     
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    Cool! Manmade fulgurite.
     
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    Why. We are far from the highest thing around.
    My backyard is higher than the apex of the roof.
     
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    I live in the lightning capital of the USA. It never ceases to entertain me. I just love the light show and the audio effects. Flash...Kaboom!! :eek:

    I've come seriously close to strikes on several occasions. Some raising hair as a warning that it's gonna be really close. Nothing you can really do when you're out in it but just crouch down and hope for the best. Then...Flash...Kaboom all in the same instant.

    There's weather man warnings all the time that if you can hear thunder you're within striking distance. Well hell, I'd have to spend the entire rainy season under my bed.

    You pays your dime, and takes your chances. :cool:

    -John
     
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    Some places in the country where there is a lot of iron in the soil, they refer to that as "welded soil."
     
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    Wow! Thanks for sharing.

    I've always wanted to stumble upon a spot in the dessert where lightning struck.
     
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    That is so bizarre. Very cool.
     
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    Thats pretty cool. So the dirt was what, molten minerals like iron and copper and silicas?
     
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    I don't know what our dirt is made of. But that sounds good to me!

    I know we have alot of iron. Copper & quartz in the area. The gravel road inbthe backround is my road and I found a chunk of iron ore last year on it
     
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    That is cool and scary at the same time.
    We get a lot of thunderstorms. It affects the phone line and sometimes fries the DSL modem.
    Our cabin is lower than anything on 2 sides.

    Is this the real life?
    Is this just fantasy?


     
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    I freakin love this song
     
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    Mike Myers and Dana Carvey in the car.
     
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    Now swap them out for me and the girls and that was us last week:18:
     
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    LOL, because we know you ... I can picture that. :)
     
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    It was pretty epic. I love embarrassing my children!
     
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    Had a storm here two weeks ago.Neighbor's tree pulled down the phone lines that originated at the pole between their back yard and mine. My line is laying over my garage roof, we pulled 3 still attached to their other neighbor's house. No juice, and apparently no one has land lines, 'cause the phone company hasn't been around to do anything to the lines yet...

    Power lines down? Now they're scary things!
     
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    hello,
    nothing but gulley washers here along the central belt, but over on the east coast... Queen's ferry crossing "open your eyes, look up to the skies and see..." :eek: eeek!!
    Regards
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    Pretty cool molten material, pretty cool experience too, @Paulyseggs.
     
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    Here's a photo that was passed around a few years ago. Taken by a water truck operator (for wildfire) in northeast California.
    Modoc water tender shot.png
     
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    hello,
    @Stone ^^^^ if only we could find a steel striker that could shew sparks like so we'd be in business. :4:
    Regards
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    Oh yes! But Jupiter and Thor are the only ones I know with a striker that threw those kinds of sparks, and they hid them well.
     
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    Dam. Role a bone. Sit on the porch. Watch.
     
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    Libya is your place. Lots of blobs of fused sand from Libya on eBay. I would not be surprised to learn that the Libyans had figured out a way to make it in a tent.
     
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    It's the time here, had several small storms pass over the island yesterday and in the evening there were few further out, you'd see the flash but couldn't hear the kaboom.
    In the afternoon there was one though that had the ground quiver a little, was sitting on the porch of the little cabin and could feel my seat shake.

    Edit: Can't leave without this.
    "I'm easy come, easy go, little high, little low
    Any way the wind blows doesn't really matter to me"
     
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    We are in thunder and lightning season here. Every afternoon or evening.
     
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