Close Encounter

I was about 30 feet away, when a lightning bolt blew apart a large sweetgum tree, in the back yard. Fortunately, I was inside, but I still went flash-blind and concussion-deaf, for a few seconds. That’s the second closest I’ve been to a lightning strike (the closest was a direct hit between the cabin and the latrine at my camp, at Philmont Scout Ranch – less than 20 feet from where I was sitting). Time to call a tree service…

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