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Date: 06/10/15 06:08 AM

14 Responses to Lightning Strikes Pick-up Truck With Couple Inside

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    SmagBoy1 Male 40-49
    4432 posts
    June 9, 2014 at 10:15 am
    Link: Lightning Strikes Pick-up Truck With Couple Inside - Holy smokes! That`s not something you see every day!
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    LemonCurry Male 40-49
    1106 posts
    June 10, 2014 at 6:44 am
    Wow, Faraday put to the test. I`m glad he was right!
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    normalfreak2 Male 18-29
    3886 posts
    June 10, 2014 at 7:09 am
    yea, that was intense!
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    Jake_Justus Male 50-59
    7033 posts
    June 10, 2014 at 7:10 am

    Looking at this teenaged couple today, you can understand how traumatic the incident actually was.
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    freddyferret Male 40-49
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    June 10, 2014 at 8:09 am
    I like how the reporter asks "But what happened to the people in that truck?" Well they died of course.
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    robthelurker Male 18-29
    2780 posts
    June 10, 2014 at 10:17 am
    i love i-am-bored so much more than thechive. everyone over there was like, "even god hates canadians." and other stupid mean hurtful things. i know no one on i-am-bored would ever stoop so low as to make fun of others for something as trivial as where theyre from...
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    5Cats Male 50-59
    32817 posts
    June 10, 2014 at 2:05 pm
    Holy Poo! That`s amazing!

    @Jake_Justice: lolz! That `time travel` effect is nasty, eh?
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17514 posts
    June 10, 2014 at 3:35 pm
    I`ve been real close to this exact thing happening.

    Happened when I was a teenager, Lightning blasted the car in front of us. The rain was coming down so hard all we seen was the flash. Mom was driving and the pothole from the blast blew out a tire.

    In the end, after the rain left, the other guy came out of his car, shaken up but alive. He needed a ride, we needed a tire changed. We helped each other out and were thankful neither was hurt.

    I never want to be that close to lightning ever again.
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    slut_etta Female 50-59
    3849 posts
    June 10, 2014 at 3:49 pm
    did the rubber of the tires save them from further catastrophe, or did the tires not make any difference?
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    June 10, 2014 at 6:29 pm
    did the rubber of the tires save them from further catastrophe, or did the tires not make any difference?

    No difference. You`d need a section of rubber hundreds of feet thick to insulate a lightning strike. The amount of energy in a lightning strike is ludicrous. A few mm of rubber on a tire is irrelevant.

    What protects people is a fundamental property of electricity - it always follows the path of least resistance. If a car is in the way, the path of least electrical resistance will be around the outside of the car and across the few inches under it.

    Although I think there would be a risk from the thunder. It`s a shock wave and there`s a lot of force in it. I`m curious now - does anyone know if there`s any significant risk?
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    June 10, 2014 at 6:38 pm
    There`s a nicely dramatic demonstration of the general principle in this video, which shows just how complete the protection is. While it`s not a lightning strike, there`s enough power to kill a person. He`s wearing chain mail, so all he has between his skin and the electricity is steel (which conducts electricity very well) with thousands of gaps in it. And he`s fine because electricity always follows the path of least resistance, so it goes around the *outside* of the chainmail.

    very appropriate music
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    Runemang Male 30-39
    2676 posts
    June 10, 2014 at 6:48 pm
    Aw I got too many ...

    1) Show me the CarFax!
    2) Bet that changed some radio presets
    3) poo! They weren`t going 88mph!!!
    4) Wonder who`s crapping their pants more - them or the people in the car behind them.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17514 posts
    June 10, 2014 at 7:41 pm
    "did the rubber of the tires save them.."

    No. The body of the vehicle acts like a Faraday cage. That`s why if electric lines ever fall on your vehicle, you need to stay in it until help arrives and tells you it`s okay to exit.
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    iamatree Male 18-29
    551 posts
    June 10, 2015 at 8:36 pm
    Slut_etta, asking the important questions.

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