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Lightning Strikes Pick-up Truck With Couple Inside

Holy smokes! That`s not something you see every day!

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CrakrJak
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 17322 Posts
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 7:41:47 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.

Runemang
Male, 30-39, Midwest US
 2678 Posts
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 6:48:13 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.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 12056 Posts
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 6:38:57 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

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 12056 Posts
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 6:29:02 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?

slut_etta
Female, 50-59, Southern US
 3525 Posts
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 3:49:28 PM
did the rubber of the tires save them from further catastrophe, or did the tires not make any difference?

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