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Camera catches truck getting struck by lightning

Couple Rescued After Lightning Strikes Truck
While driving their pickup truck over the weekend, one couple in Canada had a shocking encounter with nature's fury ... no, seriously. A couple's truck was struck by lightning while driving down a highway in Canada.

Al and Betty Perry were in their truck on a rural Alberta road when they heard a loud bang and their truck filled with smoke.

"It sounded like a sonic boom, that's how loud! It's an awful feeling to have. I saw our lives passing in front of my eyes," Al said.

The lightning strike deployed the truck's six air bags, melted the exterior and shut down the electrical system, leaving the doors locked with the couple still inside.

According to WPTV, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer who was passing by saw the couple in distress. He was able to help the Perrys escape unharmed.

After the incident, the two went to see a doctor, who determined neither had been harmed by the lightning. A few days later, Al and Betty celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary. So, it's safe to say the "spark" is still there.

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avl14 June 06 2014 at 5:45 PM

wonder if one of them just said " I swear to god, it was not me, may lightning strike me down" shortly before.

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travasham June 06 2014 at 6:12 PM

I'm a mechanic in central florida, we see lightning struck cars all the time, wreaks havoc on the electrical systems but nobody gets hurt by the lightning...... It's actually the safest place to be in terms of lightning, you are surrounded by a metal shell insulated from the ground on rubber tires, It's baisically a farriday cage.

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Elizabeth travasham June 07 2014 at 4:48 AM

As long as it doesn't burn to a crisp.

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davedawgd travasham June 07 2014 at 7:35 AM

FARADAY CAGE, never heard of it ... looked it up..... cool info on a hit day... Thanks

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csudrj June 06 2014 at 5:48 PM


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Elizabeth csudrj June 07 2014 at 4:48 AM

Sounds similar to the sense of humor of a 10 year old.

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Dean Sutton csudrj June 07 2014 at 10:18 AM

Made yourself look stupid with that snarky remark!!!!

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David June 06 2014 at 6:40 PM

Lightning strikes on vehicles of all description happen freqently , nothing unusual. What I find remarkable is the bright horizontal line that appears in the foreground a split second before the lightning stirke. It is barely noticable unless you pause the video and advance frame by frame. Was this illumination from the lightning flash or some other related phenomenon?

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David David June 06 2014 at 8:58 PM

frequently - damn this keyboard. I must proof-read more carefully.

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Elizabeth David June 07 2014 at 4:49 AM

Keyboards are out to get us, especially in combination with fat fingers (mine seem to grow while typing).

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Alek David June 07 2014 at 1:56 AM


Good question. The car frame, being a Faraday cage, causes the lighting to strike the vehicle, travel through the frame and subsequently ground itself. The horizontal arc you see is that third stage, the lighting strike going to ground. Because this wasn't recorded with a camera with a fast shutter speed, the horizontal arc appears to be simultaneous with the strike, but it actually does occur very shortly after hitting the vehicle. I think this is what you're seeing. The arc starts out in the horizontal because it's been realigned with a magnetic field or azimuth parallel with respect the the Earth/road (search "the plasma effect") for a better description.

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Yo June 06 2014 at 4:18 PM

damn~! what did they do wrong??

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JOHN COLE June 07 2014 at 8:05 AM

what a joke

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jjaycedar June 07 2014 at 9:07 AM

Not lightening, it's a new weapon being tested to pinpoint strkes from space, being tested on random moving vehicles, it will keep happening.

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Jim June 07 2014 at 9:49 AM

Why and how is there a camera handy that "just happens' to take a once in a life time picture?

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bdgrizcp June 07 2014 at 10:12 AM

At Inner Harbor in Baltimore we were leaving the dock in my friend's powerboat just as a thunderstorm approached. Suddenly a bolt of lightning hit the mast of an anchored 40 plus foot sailboat that had to be nearly brand new. The standing rigging blew out of the hull and the mast collasped onto the deck. We went over to check and a guy came up from below--dazed and confused but otherwise OK, until he saw the damage. The mast was nearly snapped in two. Strangely, his engine fired right up.

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Lantz Family June 07 2014 at 7:17 AM

The part that puzzles me is that they did not know how to mechanically unlock their doors. ALL vehicles have a lever to unlock the door in case of power loss. Just slide the lever...

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Illona Lantz Family June 07 2014 at 8:17 AM

Where is the lever?

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Lantz Family Illona June 07 2014 at 9:08 AM

On the door, typically near the arm rest on modern cars. On older cars it's towards the back top edge by the window. Every car has one on each door.

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