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NATIONAL
May 10, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Two lightning bolts probably caused an electrical current in a cable left deep inside the Sago Mine and touched off the methane blast blamed for the deaths of 12 coal miners last year, the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration said. Lightning had been suspected from the start, but the report for the first time describes its probable path, saying an electrical current traveled through the earth to the buried cable.
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NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
SCIENCE
June 28, 2003 | Allison M. Heinrichs, Times Staff Writer
Taiwanese scientists have succeeded in photographing and measuring an elusive inverted form of lightning -- gigantic spires of light and electricity rising 56 miles into the ionosphere. The lightning was detected during a thunderstorm over the South China Sea last summer, the scientists reported in the current issue of the journal Nature.
NATIONAL
April 29, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Flames and smoke poured into the sky over an oil refinery in Wynnewood where lightning had set off a fire and an explosion that was felt miles away, authorities said. No injuries were reported, and there were no immediate evacuation orders in the south-central Oklahoma town, according to a spokesman for the refinery. Flames and smoke rose hundreds of feet from two 80,000-gallon tanks in the Wynnewood Refinery complex, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
SPORTS
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.
SCIENCE
October 13, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A NASA spacecraft observed lightning strikes at Jupiter's poles as it provided insights into the giant planet's dynamic atmosphere as well as volcanic activity on one of its moons, scientists said. The New Horizons spacecraft, passing the solar system's largest planet en route to the dwarf planet Pluto, also snapped images of the tiny rings encircling Jupiter, studied a huge, swirling storm and explored the planet's long magnetic tail.
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