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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.
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 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.
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.
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