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RE: Grim Safety Reminder

Original poster: "Ben McMillen by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>" <spoonman534-at-yahoo-dot-com>

  I believe I've seen something similar... I was driving
back from Vermont down interstate 90, about 25 miles east
of Buffalo.. it was about 10:30 at night and a really bad
storm was blowing in from the west.. it had started to rain
violently and the gusts of wind were blowing the car off
the road.. squinting into the distance, I saw the sky light
up brilliant blue.. I thought it was lightning at first,
but then it happened several more times and I realized that
it was much to bright to be lightning.. I could barely make
out a large arc about 2 miles away.. then it stopped.. I
kept driving, and passed the spot where I had seen the
flash.. it looked to be a substation.. just as I passed, I
looked in the rear view mirror to change lanes and it arced
again.. the arc was a good 10 feet long and brilliant
white.. so bright that my eyes burned a little.. it was
truly spectacular.. it brouught to mind a grave respect for
everything TC related that I do.. 

Coiling In Pittsburgh
Ben McMillen
--- Tesla list <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com> wrote:
> Original poster: "David Thomson by way of Terry Fritz
> <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>" <dave-at-volantis-dot-org>
> >The utility shut it off soon, but then when they turned
> it back on, it made
> a plasma blue fireball about 6 to 8 ft. in daimeter with
> a noise like a
> small atomic bomb!
> I too have seen one of these 6 to 8ft diameter plasma
> blue fireballs.  I was
> walking along a highway in the fall and noticed a branch
> had fallen off a
> tree and extended across all three 14KV power lines.  The
> branch was
> sparking at the two outer lines.  I was standing directly
> underneath looking
> up.  Since this was directly in front of a fuel storage
> company, I went in
> to tell the lady at the desk to have the power company
> shut off the main
> power before the lines blew.  She scoffed at me.  I said
> "OK, It's not my
> fuel company." and opened the door to leave.  Just as I
> opened the door I
> heard the loud explosion and happened to be looking at
> the line.  This was
> broad daylight but the blue plasma ball was quite bright
> and well defined.
> What caught my interest though was that the explosion
> occurred midway
> between poles.  One half of one wire immediately fell to
> the ground, the
> other wire remained suspended in the air while the blue
> plasma ball raced
> toward one of the telephone poles.
> Looking around at the lady behind the counter, she
> immediately said, "OK,
> I'm calling them now."  I can remember thinking very
> critically about her
> judgment.
> Somehow the line managed to reach the ground nearly
> directly below the
> explosion.  Within a few feet of where I was standing the
> sand and gravel
> had fused into glass.
> I had missed my departure flight from this world by about
> 70 seconds.
> Dave

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