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How not to tempt fate in a storm

21st June 2007 @ 7:07am – by Audlem Webteam
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During one of the recent thunder storms, the chimney of a cottage at Corbrook was struck by lightning. This is the occupant's account of what

happened: "Having moments earlier finished a fatherly chat to the effect, "don't worry son, we are safe inside", there was a sound like a bus hitting the house, and the contents of our chimney shot down into the living room accompanied by the smell of burning."

"The chimney had been split in three by the strike, with lead flashing being

thrown 150 yards. Plaster was blasted off the wall inside the house, and

render outside, as the lightning searched to find earth... all in all a

very destructive milli-second. It also sent a surge (leaving burn marks

like someone placing a red hot fork) through the Video and DVD and our

phone, although amazingly the TV was unaffected."

The moral of the tale – during a thunder storm, never ever tell someone that lightning never strikes!


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