Remnants of a Pole Struck by Lightning

By Dwayne Anthony; posted March 14, 2013

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While hiking a line in Wyoming a few years back with Kevin Jacobson, we happened upon this freshly hit pole. This is what happens when lightning makes a direct hit on a pole. You can see the debris field in the foreground, consisting of the splintered remnants of the upper portion of the pole and the crossarm.

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