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post #7 of Old 08-16-2009
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We were standing on a dock near the 1000 Islands bridge when a lightning bolt hit a tree 200ft. away.The bolt looked to be 18" wide and pure white in broad daylight.We all ran for the steel boat that was at the dock and stayed inside till it passed.
If lightning hits a steel container (boat or a car) it should pass harmlessly around the occupants and should be a safe place to shelter,in a storm.
That's my theory for what it's worth.Anyway you look at it it's scary to be close to a big strike!!!
I was on a friend's sailboat during an electrical storm when we heard a buzzing in the backstay.Needless to say we left quite quickly,but nothing happened.
Another boat that was stuck near Belleville,On. didn't sink till two days after.It was full of pinholes.
That's my lightning stories for now.

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