|Forum topic by Dan||posted 07-29-2011 06:24 PM||2533 views||0 times favorited||29 replies|
07-29-2011 06:24 PM
The other night I was out working in my shop as there was a storm brewing outside. The storm was nothing huge just your avg lightning and thunder storm. I actually enjoyed the storm because it lowered the temp in my shop which has been like 90 deg the past couple weeks. I didn’t think much of the storm and kept working away.
All of a sudden there was a very bright flash of light and a sound as if someone set up a firecracker right in my shop. I saw what looked like sparks shoot out from under my garage door. My heart stopped for a sec because I have never experienced a lightning strike first hand before. I just stood there frozen and took a min to take in what had just happened. I knew lightning had hit my shop but I didn’t know where. I kept watching the ceiling waiting for it to burst into flames or something. I didn’t loose any power so that made me feel a bit better. It was dark and raining so I couldn’t really look around outside to see if there was any damage. I just put my stuff away and called it a night.
The next morning I went out to check on the shop and I found the strike point. The lightning hit the concrete slab directly in front of my garage door. The strike missed my garage by two or three inches. I could tell where it hit because there was a patch of the concrete slab that was white/light grey in color and the top stones on the slab were all glassed over and smooth like. That explains the light/sparks I saw coming from under my garage door which was closed at the time.
When the lightning hit I was standing at my work bench which is maybe 12 feet from the spot the bolt hit. It all happened so fast but that feeling of fear I felt will be stuck with me forever. I am very lucky it didn’t actually hit the building as it could have caused some real damage to both myself and my shop.
Its doubtful this will happen again but I don’t think I will be working out in my shop anymore during storms. And if I do I will make sure I am not running any of my power tools.
-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"