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    Default Does anyone have the picture of the lightning strike near the responders...

    I have looked all over and searched both google and fh.com with various search terms for the picture where the first responders are in a ditch working to extricate a victim from a motor vehicle accident and I cannot seem to find the picture anywhere. Does anyone have a link or have it saved by any chance? Thanks in advance.
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    Oh, I've seen that picture before but, I can't remember where it was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FireRescue61 View Post
    Oh, I've seen that picture before but, I can't remember where it was.
    Yeah I have seen it many places but now that I am actually looking for it I can't find it anywhere.
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    I think I got it ............gimme a couple of days
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    I'm starting to think it was on an advertisement in a fire magazine.
    (It might be on one for rescue struts)

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    I don't think that's a lightning strike. That's just a really bad situation for so many many reasons. Anyone care to guess why the grass around the base of the pole is cooking?
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    Good Work Trailboss...............so far I was not sucessful !
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    Quote Originally Posted by nmfire View Post
    I don't think that's a lightning strike. That's just a really bad situation for so many many reasons. Anyone care to guess why the grass around the base of the pole is cooking?
    Now that I see the picture again from when I saw it a few weeks ago I remembered it wasn't from a lightning strike but rather from the car hitting the pole. Grass probably cooking from a hanging live wire?
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    Actually I don't see any lines that are down. They're all still intact up on the pole. The cables you see angling down to the ground are support cables, not power lines.

    The lower crossbeam broke off the pole and at least one (up to 3) of the lines are now in contact with the pole. The grass around the base of the pole is cooking because the pole and the ground around it is energized. That car and the people standing around it are in extreme danger even if the lines are perfectly intact and not falling down.

    Those are clearly transmission lines, not just local distribution so the resistive load of energizing the pole to ground is not going to be enough to trip the circuit breakers or automatic reclosers at the substation. That will keep arcing and burning until something burns all the way through, falls down, and lands on whatever is below it....

    This is why its just a really bad situation. Those guys basically have two choices. Stand back, wait for the power company to shut it down, and hope the patient doesn't bleed out. Or move in, get the patient out post-haste, and hope you don't get dead. It is not a decision I would want to have make.
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    Thats a situation where you call to the power company and plead your case to dump the grid.
    Although i can tell you that i have almost been struck by lightening while working. We had a tornado come through here last year, very strange since im from New England. Just after the tornado went through we headed out to do road cleanup, although the lightning was still very frequent. as we were working we could hear it hitting trees and knocking them over behind us in the road we had just cleared. not a good day.

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