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Lightning Strikes Pick-up Truck With Couple Inside

Hits: 3043 | Rating: (3.3) | Category: News & Politics | Added by: SmagBoy1
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CrakrJak
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 17180 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
 2647 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
 11513 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
 11513 Posts
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 6:29:03 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
 3374 Posts
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 3:49:29 PM
did the rubber of the tires save them from further catastrophe, or did the tires not make any difference?

CrakrJak
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 17180 Posts
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 3:35:22 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.

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 25766 Posts
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 2:05:46 PM
Holy Poo! That's amazing!

@Jake_Justice: lolz! That 'time travel' effect is nasty, eh?

robthelurker
Male, 18-29, Canada
 2280 Posts
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 10:17:35 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...

freddyferret
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 11734 Posts
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 8:09:02 AM
I like how the reporter asks "But what happened to the people in that truck?" Well they died of course.

Jake_Justus
Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 5196 Posts
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 7:10:39 AM

Looking at this teenaged couple today, you can understand how traumatic the incident actually was.

normalfreak2
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 1896 Posts
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 7:09:50 AM
yea, that was intense!

LemonCurry
Male, 40-49, Asia
 1029 Posts
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 6:44:44 AM
Wow, Faraday put to the test. I'm glad he was right!

SmagBoy1
Male, 40-49, Southern US
 4243 Posts
Monday, June 09, 2014 10:15:41 AM
Link: Lightning Strikes Pick-up Truck With Couple Inside [Rate Link] - Holy smokes! That's not something you see every day!


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