A powerful lightning strike left a huge hole in a Fort Worth parking lot just after 6 a.m. on Shadydell Drive and Boat Club Road on October 30, 2019.
The parking lot, shared by a Chevron gas station and a strip center now has a 15 feet wide and 3 feet deep hole. I have never heard of such events.Pretty powerful lightning isn’t it?
The lightning strike blew a 400-pound diesel pump out of the ground. And dig this huge hole in the ground.
The blast comes on the 81st anniversary of “The War of the Worlds” radio broadcast, the one where a strange cylinder falls from the sky and aliens emerge from the ground and attack.
“When I drove by, I was like, ‘Wow,’” onlooker Don Thomasson said. “I make sure to stop and check it out. It’s something else, it’s something else,” onlooker Joe Guhadro added.
First, the surveillance camere footage:
And then the consequences of the lightning strike:
15×15 hole in parking lot cause by lightning strike this morning. Crews have stabilized the incident. No injuries. #FWFDLightningStrike Boat Club and Shadydelll. pic.twitter.com/0bheQH8yu5— Fort Worth Fire Department (@FortWorthFire) October 30, 2019
Clean up crews said the fuel tank, located about 10-feet underground, doesn’t appear damaged and isn’t leaking
Asphalt and debris landed some 65 feet away. Luckily, no one hurt.
“It destroyed the concrete. It’s insane,” onlooker Zak Moore said.
Wendy Jimenez was working inside a nearby donut shop when the bolt hit. “It was like ‘boom.’ I looked at him, we looked at each other, and was like, ‘What was that?’” she recalled.
Here some colorful commentaries:
“Democrats, this is the power of God.”
“Folks, lightning strikes like this are how War of the Worlds started. Stay vigilant.”
“I was thinking like aliens came down or something.”
A FOX 4 viewer shared this video of the Fort Worth parking lot that was struck by lightning this morning. Look at the size of that hole! https://t.co/xLcXsBmt9i pic.twitter.com/ZKTKfo4HGS— FOX 4 NEWS (@FOX4) October 30, 2019
Meanwhile in Villahermosa, Mexico, this palm tree was also hit by another impressive lightning:
According to the NOAA, the United States averaged 51 annual lightning strike fatalities, placing it in the second position, just behind floods for deadly weather. Just be careful, because they just don’t know how to use their weapons right now… But in a few years, we will all be in great danger!
As a former Adjuster for homeowner’s insurance, lightning does cause this type of damage albeit rare. I’ve seen a buried septic tank lid blown up thru the earth from a strike, massive trees blown apart to splinters and the weirdest one was where the strike punched a hole in glass and left the pane intact!
A septic tank may contain methane, with the right air/fuel ratio is explosive. The same happened at the pump. You can see a small electric stream followed by an upward explosion. The fuel/air mixture in the storage tank was ignited causing the blast. Those fuel tanks are double lined, the explosion probably crushed the inner liner outward and the tank was ruined.
LOL! Yeah, never heard of lightening EVER doing that. Test direct energy weapon used by the antiChrist?
This is B.S. that was not lightning. Looks more like a particle beam shot. Not in history has a lightning bolt caused that kind of damage.
Exactly what I was going to say, Billybob62. There are no scorched surfaces, which would be expected with lightning and, there should be no penetrating holes in concrete from lightning.
You are 100% right
I could have sworn I saw the terminator leaving the hole.
In the ten second count area you will see what looks like a rod (to the right of the light and just left of the pump) hitting before the explosion. These things travel upwards of 7,000 mph and can cause horrific destruction.