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March 15, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The explosion that killed 12 workers at the Sago Mine was probably caused by a lightning bolt that ignited methane gas in a sealed-off area, the mine's owner said in Morgantown. The company's investigation turned up three pieces of compelling evidence of a lightning strike, all from 6:26 a.m. on Jan. 2, said Ben Hatfield, chief executive of International Coal Group Inc. He said weather monitors confirmed an unusually large and powerful lightning strike near the mine; a U.S.
May 14, 1996 | Reuters
A Southwest Airlines jetliner returned to Chicago's Midway Airport Monday after it was struck by lightning, the airline said. The St. Louis-bound plane "landed without incident," a spokeswoman said. Officials said they did not know how many were aboard the aircraft when it was hit. There were no injuries.
November 22, 1994 | Reuters
USAir Group Inc. said one of its twin turboprop planes operating for USAir Express was hit by lightning but landed safely, with neither passengers nor crew suffering injuries. Flight 3722 was carrying 12 passengers and three crew members to Philadelphia from Buffalo, N.Y., a USAir spokesman said. There was no significant damage to the plane, he said.
April 19, 1995
Lightning struck power lines Tuesday afternoon, leaving 1,200 residents without power for 45 minutes, according to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. At 12:30 p.m., a bolt of lightning hit wires and an insulator near Lassen Street and Haskell Avenue, said DWP spokeswoman Darlene Battle, cutting off power to two separate areas of Granada Hills.
February 20, 1993
Lightning struck a judges stand at Huntington Beach Pier Friday night, forcing cancellation of today's surfing portion of the two-day Op Winter Surf Pro. The event combines surfing and snowboarding. Surfing was to be held today in Huntington Beach, with snow-boarding Sunday at Big Bear Mountain. The coordinator of the event, Judy Horton, said there wasn't time to rebuild the judging stand. She said a determination would be made today if the snowboarding will be held Sunday.
As lightning lacerated the darkening sky over Mt. Whitney and thunderclaps started a deafening roll, the 13 hikers saw the old stone hut with its corrugated metal roof as a welcome refuge from the drenching downpour. It nearly became their tomb. "I was sitting on the floor, my back against one of the walls," said Edward (E.J.) Wueherer, a hiker from Tehachapi. "All of a sudden I saw this flash and I felt this jolt like on my funny bone, and my toe started burning.
April 2, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
A Bay Area woman struck by lightning during a rainstorm Monday has apparently escaped serious injury, with her only side effects being sore teeth and a metallic taste in her mouth. Emily Davis, 31, was crossing Adeline Street in Berkeley when the lightning struck. After hearing the rumble of thunder, she mistook the bolt that hit her umbrella - before coursing through to her arm - for a camera flash. She told NBC Bay Area that her hands started shaking uncontrollably, so much so that she threw down her hot cup of coffee.
November 20, 1991 | Associated Press
The lightning capital of the United States is Florida, where a record number of people have been killed or injured by lightning this year, weather officials said. Through September, 108 people had been struck by lightning in Florida, of whom 15 died, the National Weather Service reported Monday. Florida's previous record, 82 strikes, was set in 1975.
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