As reported over on Pointbuzz, a guest has been struck by lightning in the parking lot at Cedar point. There is going to be more info on channel 11, in Toledo. *** Edited 6/8/2005 10:39:17 PM UTC by Grady***
I certainly hope this person is OK. Seems odd to me, however. It would seem that the chance of being struck in a parking lot would be rather slim, but, I think the cars are all shielded by the tires, thus forcing the electrons up something else...like a really unlucky person.
Well how am I supposed to know, when I think people are being sarcastic they are serious, when I think they are being serious they aren't, and when I try and politely clarify the discrepancy I get told off too. Any real solution to the issue besides buying a heaping can of sarcasm?
THe thing people don't seems to understand about electricity and lightning in particular is something known as the "path of least resistance".
While you have alot of steel in the air around an amusement park, steel is not the best conductor when compared to the human body.
This is one of the reasons that you see barns and farms with multiple lightning rods on them. They are trying to create a lower potential to ground to protect the livestock and animals on the farm and attract any strike that may happen.
Lightning is actually the #2 weather realted killer in the world. Second to floods.
From 1959 till 2003, 3,696 people in the US have died from lightning stikes and thousands more injured. Interesting note, more people are struck by lightning in Florida than any other state. Of the 3,696 people killed, 425 were in Florida.