In pictures: Road explodes, sending debris flying onto roof after lightning strike

lightning strike explodes street in NC
lightning strike explodes street in NC. Picture via FB

A lightning strike caused a North Carolina road to “explode,” sending debris flying into the air, officials said.

Photos show pavement was left crumbled on Hatley-Burris Road, roughly 40 miles east of Charlotte.

Road debris landed on the roof of a nearby home,” the Oakboro Police Department wrote on Facebook.

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Officers said it happened after lightning struck a tree and traveled through the pavement on Wednesday, July 20.

Brad Panovich, a WCNC meteorologist, explained on FB:

“When lightning hits a tree like this the heat is so intense it flash steams the sap & water which causes a steam explosion and blows the bark off.

Here’s an example:

“In our case, the lightning went into the roots and spread underneath the road flash steaming any moisture causing the explosion.

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It’s a great example of why you don’t want to seek shelter under a tree because once it is hit the lightning spreads through the root system and into the surrounding ground.

One thing I would love to investigate here is if there is a fulgurite from the strike. A fulgurite is sometimes called fossilized lightning. When lightning hits very sandy soil it can form a glass tube buried in the ground.

Here’s a terrifying lightning compilation:

The same day as the strike, forecasters had predicted that places near Charlotte could experience strong winds. As a storm rolled through, social media users reported being jolted and hearing a boom.

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It was the loudest strike I have ever heard in my life,” one person wrote on the Stanly County police department’s Facebook page.

Another person commented: “Oh my it scared me so bad I jumped up.

As of July 21, Hatley-Burris Road was closed near the intersection with Trotters Ridge Road. Police didn’t have a timeline for the road’s reopening and said “power, cable and phone service” also were impacted. [FB, Charlotte Observer] has been banned from ad networks and is now entirely reader-supported CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT MY WORK… I will send you a small gemstone if you give more than 25$… Thanks in advance!

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1 Comment

  1. I was close enough to a telephone pole near a mechanic shop. The two of us did the 100 yard dash for his offfice in about 11 seconds or so. Haulin ass.
    The pole was charred, and smoking. Once, I was renting a condo, and this neighbor I hated used to illegally park near my condo. Well, a huge bolt damn near hit her. She screamed loud. I was laughing my ass off out the window at her. It shook the building like a small earthquake too.

    Right now we are having monsoon thunderstorms with lightning. I love watching. The videos were pretty good, especially the car that got hit.

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