Lightning Facts

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Men are struck by lightning five times more often than women.

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In 1939, 835 sheep were killed by a single lightning strike in Utah.

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n 1998, all 11 members of a soccer team in Africa were killed by lightning while leaving the other team unhurt.

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A bolt of lightning contains enough energy to toast 160,000 pieces of bread.

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About 24,000 people are killed by lightning strikes around the world each year.

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In 1752, Benjamin Franklin proved that lightning is electricity by flying a silk kite in a thunderstorm. He saw sparks shoot from a key on a ribbon he was holding.

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Lightning tends to strike tall structures, which is why it's dangerous to seek shelter under tall trees in a storm.

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Lightning always takes the easiest path from cloud to ground.

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A storm is about one mile away for every five seconds difference between hearing thunder and seeing a lightning flash.

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As a lightning bolt flashes, the air expands at supersonic speed, making the sound of thunder.

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