Beware of lightning

I just became a lot more paranoid about being outside during a lightning storm.

The lightning originates on a boat ramp, travels into the river, and the river explodes.

That is some really serious stuff.

H/T to Michael Z Williamson.

Update: It’s not lightning. It’s a manmade explosion. See the comments below.

14 thoughts on “Beware of lightning

  1. That looks more like “det cord” and a charge in the river than lightning. Mabe? Odd looking for sure.

      • True, but not impossible. Lightning can travel in very strange ways, and over rocky ground it might do what you saw.
        I once had lightning hit near our house. It missed a 50 foot tall butternut tree, instead striking the ground 6 feet away from the trunk. It then traveled underground for 15 feet or so, emerging through the drive way, which left little craters all over the asphalt. In the process it took out every bit of electronics connected to the cable TV, even if indirectly via 5 other boxes. (The laser printer via the Ethernet switch, firewall router, cable modem, and cable splitter — for example.)

        • Yikes! When I worked in the music store, my bench was next to our electronics repairman. After a major lightening storm, someone took in a TV set (the old CRT type) for service. It turned out that most of the conductive traces on the printed circuit boards were blown off – vaporized. Needless to say it was un-repairable.

          • Yes, that fits. I disassembled some of the friend devices and found the same sort of thing. A TV signal splitter where the wires inside had evaporated. An Ethernet switch with an exploded chip. Stuff like that…
            The lesson I learned is that “single point grounding” is critical. The cable TV used to enter the house at the opposite end from the other services. I changed that; now they all come in at one place, and all the surge protectors are mounted on a single well-grounded sheet of copper.

          • Some years back, I read in a computer builders book (Dr Tom?) that tying the power cord in a tight knot would protect the item from a lightning strike. Supposedly the arc would blow out the side of the knot, sacrificing the cord. Claimed that it worked for him on multiple occasions, due to living in a high lightning strike location/city. And he stocked spare cords. Every electrical item in his house got the knot.

    • That makes a lot more sense than lightning. I was trying to figure out how lightning could have caused that sort of explosion, leaving floating debris in the water.

  2. Pretty sure the “lightning strike” streak is a Nonel/”shock tube” detonator going off.

    • Keep thinking that. We’ve run most of the idiots out of here and you’re helping us get the stragglers and stop the coastal clowns from moving in. Thanks.
      Now if we could just get an NFL team instead of the Browns…..

  3. As an avid SCUBA diver who happens to live in Florida, where we get thunderstorms every afternoon in the spring and summer, I have been in the water under more than a few lightning strikes. I have never seen anything that comes close to that video.
    The water lights up for a split second, and then you hear a sound that reminds me of a ray gun from an old sci-fi movie, and that is about it. No explosions, no disruptions, nothing spectacular.

  4. Yep, just another video stolen from a creator on youtube and uploaded to Facebook with a fake story for views and lols. Someone needs to report that shit and have the video removed.

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