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:
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.”
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!