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This was me:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bH6a9HefNr4

Even just standing in an open doorway during a thunderstorm is a really bad idea.  Don't try this at home, kids.

Judging by the delay from the flash to the boom, the bolt hit less than 400 feet (120 meters) away.  And it appears there was a leader less than 100 feet (30 meters) away.


Oct. 5th, 2007 05:30 am (UTC)
Your reaction reminds me of mine when I came pretty close to being hit: I was living in Arkansas at the time, and there was a storm in the distance .. seemed maybe half an hour away, so I figured I had time for a walk before it started to pour. I got about two blocks from the house when my hair stood up, and my brain barely had time to go, "Oh sh*t!" when lightning struck a power pole half a block away.

I have no conscious recollection of returning to the house ... only arriving on the front porch out of breath after running all the way home. :)