A Lansing, Michigan, business endured a lightning strike during recent severe storms, but it didn’t do damage to a structure, electronics, or vehicles. Instead, scorched grass and melted concrete offer a fascinating visual indication of how large and powerful the strike was, and how intense lightning can be.
David Hollingsworth, Director of Technical and Training Services for Michigan Concrete Association, where the strike occurred, walks viewers through the damage in a video posted by WILX-TV.
In the video, Hollingsworth explains that materials in the concrete outside their building in Michigan’s capital city were heated so much that glass fragments formed on the surface of the pavement. Being that their business is concrete, Hollingsworth speaks intelligently on just how intense the lightning had to be in order to cause the kind of damage they saw.
Hollingsworth said in order to melt the concrete and form the glass fragments, the lightning had to be at least 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit.
As The Inquisitr reported earlier this year, while on holiday recently, a young couple was nearly struck by lightning while taking a selfie and, of course, they caught the whole thing on tape.
One must imagine the couple felt the heat radiating as the blast of lightning landed so close to them, but it was nothing like the story one other couple shared. The Inquisitr also shared their story earlier this year.
Al and Petty Berry were driving their silver Chevy pickup truck on rural highway 14 outside Tofield, Alberta, Canada this past spring when their vehicle was struck by lightning, turning it into a rolling fireball. A newly installed surveillance system on a nearby building caught the whole thing on tape.
The video is incredible to watch, but surprisingly, Al and Betty, though incredibly shaken up, survived the ordeal thanks to a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer.
Immediately upon being hit by the bolt of lightning, all the truck’s airbags deployed, the electrical systems fried, other parts of the truck melted, and the cabin filled with smoke. The truck, however, continued rolling. Finally, after stopping, Al Perry tried to kick out the windows to no avail, leaving the couple feeling helpless inside.
That’s when the RCMP officer arrived, pulling them to safety.
BBC News notes that the chances of being killed by lightning are 300,000 to one. But there are, of course, a lot of people in the world.