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Subject: Can a lightening strike cause nail pops on your roof and dry wall screws po

Date: Mon Aug 9 16:48:07 1999
Posted by Kim Jones
Grade level: undergrad School: No school entered.
City: Columbus State/Province: OHIO Country: US
Area of science: Earth Sciences
ID: 934231687.Es

About 2 weeks ago, my 50-foot tree was struck by lightening.  It caused a 
massive explosion which parts of my tree, fence and neighbors concrete 
patio were found over 500 yards away. Neighbors felt and experienced the 
damage from over 10 houses away and a white flash was seen in the sky by 
cars driving in the area. Our fence and deck were blown apart in places as 
well as my neighbors windows exploded.  We both lost several appliances 
and other valuables during this storm. We checked our roofs and we both 
had nails pop out through the shingles,causing a wave effect over the 
entire roof. We also had the dry wall screws pop out of the walls.  Can 
lightening cause this type of damage and How? This damage was not there 
before and I am trying find information on how lightening can cause such 
amazing damage. I have never experienced something like this before in my 
life.  My ears were still ringing 3 hours later after it knocked me back 
about 5 feet. Please let me know if you have any answers for me and if you 
have heard of this type of damage before.  Are there any other sites that 
you would recommend in researching this type of lightening damage?  Thank 
you for your assistance.

Re: Can a lightening strike cause nail pops on your roof and dry wall screws po

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