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Old 02-17-2014, 10:21   #20
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It's also interesting when you realize how well a lightning bolt will overload some electronics.

I used to work at a gas station, and I want to say there was like 50 feet between the pumps and the front door. We had a bolt of lightning strike the ground between the pumps and the front door, and it blew some fuses in every single pump, and basically shut us down. The power flickered, almost went out entirely, and there were lots of alarms telling us that every single pump was down for good, with no hopes of restarting them.

People were pissed they couldn't get gas, and it took about two days to get the pumps back up and running again.

Sure was fun being the cashier and having to explain over and over again that a bolt of lightning disabled the pumps and I don't know when they'll be fixed.
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