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(CTV News)   Lightning can be pretty cool. Except when it hits the truck you're driving in, exploding it into a ball of flames that melts the truck's electronics, which causes the doors to lock and trap you in a cab filled with black smoke   (edmonton.ctvnews.ca) divider line 100
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2014-06-09 09:08:15 AM
media2.wptv.com

"You have angered the Lord!"
 
2014-06-09 09:41:29 AM
It hit their silver Chevrolet pickup truck

I found your problem.
 
2014-06-09 11:07:54 AM
Should have brought a bear.
 
2014-06-09 11:07:56 AM
It's Canadian lightning, it probably felt real bad afterwards.
 
2014-06-09 11:09:39 AM
All the locks have manual overrides.
 
2014-06-09 11:11:03 AM
Actually no, Subby, that still sounds pretty cool.
 
2014-06-09 11:12:42 AM

H31N0US: All the locks have manual overrides.


They could have been arc-welded into a locked position.

\Can happen to circuit-breakers in a massive over-draw as well
 
2014-06-09 11:12:49 AM
"melts the trucks electronics causing the doors to lock and traps you in a cab filled with black smoke  "

Did it ever occur to you to use that little button type thing on the door to manually unlock it?
 
2014-06-09 11:13:49 AM
Um, what about the rubber tires and that whole thing where they say a car is the safest place to be in a thunderstorm?
 
2014-06-09 11:15:30 AM
Zeus was displeased.
 
2014-06-09 11:15:35 AM

gravy chugging cretin.: "melts the trucks electronics causing the doors to lock and traps you in a cab filled with black smoke  "

Did it ever occur to you to use that little button type thing on the door to manually unlock it?


You mean that little chunk of plastic, dependent on the working state of the actual internal lock mechanism? Surely it was fine.
 
2014-06-09 11:17:06 AM
We were always told that a car/truck was a REALLY safe place to be because the rubber tires would insulate you from the ground.

That is, the way lightning is supposed to work is that it's just trying to equalize the difference in negetative/positive electrons between the ground and the sky.

The only way something like this could happen would be that the charge in the truck was actually stronger than that of the ground.
I'm not a scientist, but that seems like pretty bad friggin luck!
 
2014-06-09 11:18:00 AM

Super Chronic: Um, what about the rubber tires and that whole thing where they say a car is the safest place to be in a thunderstorm?


Yeah, because those millions of volts, after hurling a mile through the atmosphere with no conducting agent are going to see those tires and say, whoa, I can't touch that.
 
2014-06-09 11:19:24 AM

This text is now purple: H31N0US: All the locks have manual overrides.

They could have been arc-welded into a locked position.

\Can happen to circuit-breakers in a massive over-draw as well


More likely they just panicked kept pressing the button without thinking.

I remember a story years ago about someone who had to call the police to get them out of a car when the battery died. Might have been fake, but I could picture some people I know doing this.
 
2014-06-09 11:19:41 AM
God hates Chevy Pickups ALMOST as much as I do.
 
2014-06-09 11:20:26 AM

Super Chronic: Um, what about the rubber tires and that whole thing where they say a car is the safest place to be in a thunderstorm?


Lightning can arc across thousands of feet of air to get to the ground. What does it matter if it needs to arc that thousands of feet of air, a few feet of metal and then another foot of air to reach the ground without passing through the tires?
 
2014-06-09 11:23:01 AM
Yet another reason to carry one of these:
www.armyproperty.com
 
2014-06-09 11:23:26 AM
Gotta get one of those glass punches. Keep in within arms reach in the car.

/for the billion to once chance this happens.
 
2014-06-09 11:29:00 AM

cgraves67: Super Chronic: Um, what about the rubber tires and that whole thing where they say a car is the safest place to be in a thunderstorm?

Lightning can arc across thousands of feet of air to get to the ground. What does it matter if it needs to arc that thousands of feet of air, a few feet of metal and then another foot of air to reach the ground without passing through the tires?


Actually it will pass through the tires. It will blow them out. The metal wheels will be closest point to the ground and there is enough carbon and steel in the tires to make them better conductors that air.
 
2014-06-09 11:29:22 AM

cgraves67: Super Chronic: Um, what about the rubber tires and that whole thing where they say a car is the safest place to be in a thunderstorm?

Lightning can arc across thousands of feet of air to get to the ground. What does it matter if it needs to arc that thousands of feet of air, a few feet of metal and then another foot of air to reach the ground without passing through the tires?


But you're relatively safe in the car because you are in a metal cage where the lightning will not pass through your body.

At least that how I think it works.
 
2014-06-09 11:30:40 AM

gravy chugging cretin.: "melts the trucks electronics causing the doors to lock and traps you in a cab filled with black smoke  "

Did it ever occur to you to use that little button type thing on the door to manually unlock it?


Won't work if the doors end up welded shut like the General Lee.
 
2014-06-09 11:30:56 AM
Shouldn't you kick out the windshield  or back window and not the door window?
IIRC those are held in with rubber gaskets.
 
2014-06-09 11:31:26 AM
I was 10-12 years old and rode my bike up to the snowball stand, and while noshing on it saw the biggest, blackest nastiest storm clouds rolling over the fields. Being a dumbass kid I didn't think "Oh, maybe I should be heading for cover" until the last minute.

I'm pedaling along a long straight country road that runs along a hayfield. Basically me and the utility poles are the only target. And then every hair on my arms started standing up.

Next thing I know, I'm at the post office half a mile away, my bike is lying in the drive, and the lady running the post office is repeatedly asking if I'm ok. I think I teleported there... Full on "Jaunt."

I don't *think* I was struck by lightning, (though I was definitely in the leader) but pure adrenaline and a jet of urine managed to move me a half mile without any memory of my getting there.
 
2014-06-09 11:31:44 AM

gopher321: It's Canadian lightning, it probably felt real bad afterwards.


Thanks for the really great snicker.
/made my morning!
 
2014-06-09 11:33:24 AM
Now who's got the small penis?!
 
2014-06-09 11:38:51 AM

justanotherfarkinfarker: Gotta get one of those glass punches. Keep in within arms reach in the car.

/for the billion to once chance this happens.


informal poll:  how many of you farkers have one of these in the car?

/I don't, but I do have a hammer in the back
 
2014-06-09 11:40:07 AM
Star Wars weapon test.
 
2014-06-09 11:42:40 AM

Prof. Frink: Actually no, Subby, that still sounds pretty cool.


The locks contain potassium benzoate.
 
2014-06-09 11:43:24 AM
img.fark.net

Unavailable for comment.
 
2014-06-09 11:44:06 AM
Number one suspect:

static.comicvine.com
 
2014-06-09 11:44:09 AM

H31N0US: All the locks have manual overrides.


Nope. Since the mid-90s, quite a few cars have a "double lock" setting where the inside handle/lock is disabled. The idea is that if someone breaks the window on your car an reaches in, they still can't open the door.
 
2014-06-09 11:44:41 AM
Doctors told the Perry's the bolt doesn't seem to have affected them in any physical way.

Everybody knows that it takes a few days before you discover your superpowers.
 
2014-06-09 11:46:14 AM
Has to be one of the crappiest video players ever
 
2014-06-09 11:46:50 AM

big pig peaches: This text is now purple: H31N0US: All the locks have manual overrides.

They could have been arc-welded into a locked position.

\Can happen to circuit-breakers in a massive over-draw as well

More likely they just panicked kept pressing the button without thinking.

I remember a story years ago about someone who had to call the police to get them out of a car when the battery died. Might have been fake, but I could picture some people I know doing this.


http://guardianlv.com/2013/09/14-year-old-girl-died-trapped-inside-l oc ked-car-video/
 
2014-06-09 11:46:57 AM
Woah, subby.  What are you, racist?
 
2014-06-09 11:51:08 AM

SumJackass07: Shouldn't you kick out the windshield  or back window and not the door window?
IIRC those are held in with rubber gaskets.


Windshields are glued to the frame with a seriously strong sealant. Forget that idea, unless you enjoy fractures. Rear glass beads are nearly as strong. All the glass is tempered with means you need to create a sharp-point impact in a corner or along an edge. And no, a hammer will not typically work.

A hammer and a phillips screwdriver, however.... or one of these:

It's called the RESQME and runs about $20.

www.oncourse4wd.com
 
2014-06-09 11:51:18 AM
HERO tag taking the day off, subby? RCMP officer probably saved their lives.
 
2014-06-09 11:53:38 AM

SmellsLikePoo: justanotherfarkinfarker: Gotta get one of those glass punches. Keep in within arms reach in the car.

/for the billion to once chance this happens.

informal poll:  how many of you farkers have one of these in the car?

/I don't, but I do have a hammer in the back


My whole family has them.  (7 kids plus spouses)  Dad gave them out as Christmas presents last year.
 
2014-06-09 11:55:27 AM

SmellsLikePoo: justanotherfarkinfarker: Gotta get one of those glass punches. Keep in within arms reach in the car.

/for the billion to once chance this happens.

informal poll:  how many of you farkers have one of these in the car?

/I don't, but I do have a hammer in the back


I bought a package of two online about six months ago. One by the driver's side window, one by the passenger's. ... I had previously watched some show that mentioned them. And that was that. I think I paid $5.
 
2014-06-09 11:55:51 AM

durbnpoisn: We were always told that a car/truck was a REALLY safe place to be because the rubber tires would insulate you from the ground.

That is, the way lightning is supposed to work is that it's just trying to equalize the difference in negetative/positive electrons between the ground and the sky.

The only way something like this could happen would be that the charge in the truck was actually stronger than that of the ground.
I'm not a scientist, but that seems like pretty bad friggin luck!


I cant tell if these comments are trolls or what, but here's how it works:

It's not the rubber tires (or else wearing rubber shoes would protect you). Its the metal conductive body of the car that acts as a Faraday Cage. Inside this highly conductive metal shell, the lesser conductive meatbags inside are shielded from the electric current. With the voltage potential of lightning, the resistive effect of tires is completely ignored (as the bolt can still jump the airgap from the bottom of the frame to the ground).

THAT is why we scienticians and safety weenies say it's safe for ORGANICS inside a vehicle from lightning, in that if it strikes your vehicle it won't hit you, but there's a good chance a sudden deposition of a couple kilo to megajoules on your vehicle will break it pretty badly.
 
2014-06-09 11:59:55 AM

SmellsLikePoo: justanotherfarkinfarker: Gotta get one of those glass punches. Keep in within arms reach in the car.

/for the billion to once chance this happens.

informal poll:  how many of you farkers have one of these in the car?

/I don't, but I do have a hammer in the back


A few years ago, my wife saw a news report about a family accidentally driving into water, being trapped and then drowning. Every since then, both our cars have rescue knives (chisel point blade, seat belt cutter and a glass breaker).
 
2014-06-09 12:00:18 PM
That's not News, that's Final Destination.
 
2014-06-09 12:01:02 PM
Pianos aren't his only weapon:

urbanchurch.tv
 
2014-06-09 12:02:06 PM
I wonder what their sin was?
 
2014-06-09 12:02:13 PM
"Grounded in excellence".

Heh.
 
2014-06-09 12:05:04 PM
1.21 GIGAWATTS!
 
2014-06-09 12:06:24 PM

fappomatic: SumJackass07: Shouldn't you kick out the windshield  or back window and not the door window?
IIRC those are held in with rubber gaskets.

Windshields are glued to the frame with a seriously strong sealant. Forget that idea, unless you enjoy fractures. Rear glass beads are nearly as strong. All the glass is tempered with means you need to create a sharp-point impact in a corner or along an edge. And no, a hammer will not typically work.

A hammer and a phillips screwdriver, however.... or one of these:

It's called the RESQME and runs about $20.


Spark plugs work just as well, and are usually free when used. Tin snip the metal arm off, done. Takes a surprisingly small amount of force to break a window with the right tool.

I actually happen to keep a glass hammer in my car, though, picked it up free somewhere years back.

There is a video on YouTube of a newscaster trying to break a car window with a hammer, explaining how easy all the car break ins are.

/it didn't work.
 
2014-06-09 12:07:38 PM

maxheck: I was 10-12 years old and rode my bike up to the snowball stand, and while noshing on it saw the biggest, blackest nastiest storm clouds rolling over the fields. Being a dumbass kid I didn't think "Oh, maybe I should be heading for cover" until the last minute.

I'm pedaling along a long straight country road that runs along a hayfield. Basically me and the utility poles are the only target. And then every hair on my arms started standing up.

Next thing I know, I'm at the post office half a mile away, my bike is lying in the drive, and the lady running the post office is repeatedly asking if I'm ok. I think I teleported there... Full on "Jaunt."

I don't *think* I was struck by lightning, (though I was definitely in the leader) but pure adrenaline and a jet of urine managed to move me a half mile without any memory of my getting there.


Ok, I literally laughed out loud.
Glad no one's in this part of the coffee shop.

/thanks
 
2014-06-09 12:08:06 PM

fappomatic: SumJackass07: Shouldn't you kick out the windshield  or back window and not the door window?
IIRC those are held in with rubber gaskets.

Windshields are glued to the frame with a seriously strong sealant. Forget that idea, unless you enjoy fractures. Rear glass beads are nearly as strong. All the glass is tempered with means you need to create a sharp-point impact in a corner or along an edge. And no, a hammer will not typically work.

A hammer and a phillips screwdriver, however.... or one of these:

It's called the RESQME and runs about $20.

[www.oncourse4wd.com image 275x200]


Interesting. I keep a pocket knife and a collapsible baton in the car, I'm pretty sure those would work.

/My only experience with glass replacement is from one of these:  Installing Rear Glass/
 
2014-06-09 12:08:26 PM

cgraves67: Super Chronic: Um, what about the rubber tires and that whole thing where they say a car is the safest place to be in a thunderstorm?

Lightning can arc across thousands of feet of air to get to the ground. What does it matter if it needs to arc that thousands of feet of air, a few feet of metal and then another foot of air to reach the ground without passing through the tires?


Other people have pointed out that a thin layer of rubber (possibly infused with metal itself) isn't going to stop lightning.  Of course, aside from the electronics being fried and the resultant smoke, these people were safe.

I also think that it's possible that the vehicle didn't get hit directly, but rather the road right next to it did.  That would probably be close enough to fry the electronics by itself.  I also saw some pictures in another article where there's some holes dug into the pavement at that spot.  Not real clear whether those are where the tires were or not.
 
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