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Struck by Lightning

By Michael N. CiampoOn a stretch of hot and humid days, a violent afternoon thunder and lightning storm rolled through our response area. During these storms, automatic fire alarms are set off by power surges, loss of power, and even lightning strikes. It is not uncommon to run numerous calls for trees and limbs down, wires arcing or down, and flooding. However, the runs that spark our interest are those reporting a “structure hit by lightning.” The calls can range from simply investigating the structure to find a ground wire blown off the cold water pipe for the electrical or telephone service to checking massive structural damage with no fire. These runs often occur when no ...

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