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  • Was I just hit by lightning?
  • Premier Icon fatmountain
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    I was driving down the road after buying some beers from Tesco – residential quiet road with detached houses – heard a weird pop and saw a sort of plasma blue flash in in the rear view window. No thunder that I heard. It was so bizarre I was going to flag the mini down behind me to see what he/she saw, just drove home instead. Car seems fine! Any ideas? It’s very strange. Definitely wasn’t normal lighting in the sky.

    Premier Icon Rubber_Buccaneer
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    heard a weird pop and saw a sort of plasma blue flash

    I need your clothes, your boots and your motorcar

    Premier Icon perchypanther
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    Aliens innit.

    Your arse’ll be stinging in the morning

    Premier Icon martinhutch
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    Detached houses you say? That changes my answer..

    Premier Icon coconut
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    beers in the car too..makes you wonder.

    Premier Icon cbike
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    Could be Ball lightning? Its weird stuff. Saw it in France once associated with a thunder storm. Multiple balls of plasma forming in and under clouds and staying for ages. They have been seen at various levels.

    Premier Icon Caher
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    You were tasered, but failed to stop.

    Premier Icon fatmountain
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    cbike: I’ve seen that twice before and was thinking the same thing. Sailors called it St Elmo’s Fire. Really weird. I wished I stopped that mini now to see that it looked like from their perspective.

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    heard a weird pop and saw a sort of plasma blue flash in in the rear view window.

    How far above the speed limit were you at the time?

    Premier Icon scaredypants
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    Could be Ball lightning?

    wearing nylon shorts on the way home from a curry ?

    Premier Icon Caher
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    How far above the speed limit were you at the time?

    Ah the Delorean.

    Premier Icon fatmountain
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    Cougar, I drive like a saint. Below the speed limit and no speed cameras anyway.

    Premier Icon Rubber_Buccaneer
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    Er, I think Cougar suspected flux capacitor activation rather than a GATSO

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    heard a weird pop and saw a sort of plasma blue flash in in the rear view window.

    As long as you didn’t follow through, it’s not a shart.

    Premier Icon hunta
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    Does sound a bit like St Elmo’s fire. My dad was an RAF pilot, and used to see it round the cockpit when flying in thunderstorms.

    I don’t understand physics though so I also like the nylon shorts theory.

    Premier Icon HoratioHufnagel
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    Maybe you died and the afterlife is just the stw forum?

    Premier Icon ransos
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    I was driving down the road after buying some beers from Tesco – residential quiet road with detached houses –

    Strange that the incident didn’t give you a semi.

    Premier Icon fatmountain
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    Didn’t happen till your mum walked past.

    Premier Icon funkmasterp
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    Have you checked that you’re still in the same year as you were yesterday?

    Premier Icon krixmeister
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    Overhead power lines arcing? Not sure about here in the UK, but is a common occurance where I grew up in Texas. Lines (neighborhood power, not high voltage) brush up against a tree branch or similar in high winds, and arc and pop as you drescribe.

    Premier Icon joshvegas
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    Could be a pole top transformer* going pop.

    That would give you precisely that effect. I saw it happen recently.

    *Dunno the technical name

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    Maybe you died and the afterlife is just the stw forum?

    There is a hell, after all….

    Premier Icon nickc
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    wearing nylon shorts on the way home from a curry ?

    Couldn’t have been, shorts not allowed

    Premier Icon munrobiker
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    I was in a church once sheltering from a storm on a cycle tour when it got hit by lightning – it was really clear what had happened but I’m damned if I could describe it to you clearly. We just sort of knew. Everything went white and there was a bit of a sound, but that might have been because the church was so echoy.

    Premier Icon kayak23
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    Everything went white and there was a bit of a sound, but that might have been because the church was so echoy. we had displeased the gods.

    Ftfy

    Premier Icon pondo
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    I was once stood about a hundred yards from a tree when it got struck – what I remember most clearly was that I was cowering on the ground before I had even recognised that there was a very loud bang and realised what it was. It was loud…

    Premier Icon martinhutch
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    Everything went white and there was a bit of a sound, but that might have been because we had displeased the gods.

    The normal ‘burst into flames’ on the Church threshold defence mechanism must’ve been on the blink.

    Premier Icon fooman
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    I’ve been in a car struck by lightning, the flash and bang were simultaneous and it was loud. This was on a freeway in Texas, it was not raining but you could see the clouds and lightning.

    Premier Icon Flaperon
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    I imagine you’d know if the car was struck. It’s loud. You could have a look over the top to see if you can find any small burn marks from the lightning entry / exit points.

    Was standing on the other side of the road from a lightning strike a few years ago. Was deafened for a few minutes and the sheer power of it was jaw-dropping. Purple flash (you could almost taste it, even if that sounds an idiotic thing to say) and the ground shook.

    Premier Icon perchypanther
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    Today’s random lightning fact of the day.

    The temperature increase in the aluminium conduction tape of a buildings lightning protection system during a lightning strike is approximately 0.3 degrees C.

    Premier Icon fatmountain
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    Hmm interesting points. I think I was under some overhead lines.

    Premier Icon jonjones262
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    are you taking your Teenage Mother to the Enchantment under the Sea dance tonight?

    Premier Icon cheburashka
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    How far above the speed limit were you at the time?

    Were you doing 88 miles per hour?

    Premier Icon Blackflag
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    Our house was struck two nights ago. Fried the alarm system (it hit the outside bell) and the thunder clap made the patio doors flex about an inch, im amazed they didnt shatter. It was one hell of a bang.

    Premier Icon perchypanther
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    Was SaxonRider giving you a lift back from a Joe Cocker gig?

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    Was SaxonRider giving you a lift back from a Joe Cocker gig?

    You know he’s dead, right?

    Premier Icon perchypanther
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    You know he’s dead, right?

    What? Saxon Rider?

    That is grave news indeed.

    Premier Icon dc1988
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    Probably best to stay in your car if there’s lightning going on

    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    Were you doing 88 miles per hour?

    Merde, beat me to it!

    Premier Icon cookeaa
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    There weren’t any naked people wandering about afterwards were there?

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