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Lightning strikes St Peter's Basilica as Pope resigns

#1AceVanquishPosted 2/12/2013 10:12:30 AM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21421810
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#2FlashOfLightPosted 2/12/2013 10:21:53 AM
Oh good, you found the actual video, haha this is useful for the other thing I'm doing, thanks!
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#3toxicpiePosted 2/12/2013 10:25:30 AM
Huh, neat. =]
#4BetaSquadronPosted 2/12/2013 7:02:45 PM
"as" he resigned, or just close enough?
#5kozlo100Posted 2/12/2013 7:04:26 PM
"Within several hours" was the term I believe the article used.
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#6SpawnShadowPosted 2/12/2013 10:47:58 PM
Wow. Lightning strikes the tall, pointy, lightning-attracty bit of a building when the Pope resigns. Totally the finger of God and not a fluke at all.
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#7ThuggernautzPosted 2/13/2013 7:58:18 AM
"A natural event which occurs thousands of times a second all around the world hit a building which is a frequent recipient of such events due to its height comparative to other buildings in the area".

Well, must be an omen of great importance.

:P

Still, videos of lightning strikes are pretty cool. Slow-mo ones are even cooler.
#8Hustle KongPosted 2/13/2013 8:04:55 AM
I wonder how many times per year lightning strikes there. I tried looking it up, but I can only find... interesting... pages interpreting this as an omen.
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#9WhereDidItGoPosted 2/13/2013 8:38:18 AM
Hustle Kong posted...
I wonder how many times per year lightning strikes there. I tried looking it up, but I can only find... interesting... pages interpreting this as an omen.


I had wondered the same thing. I found an article from 2005 about repairs being made to the top of the dome. This was mentioned during the article:

Archbishop Comastri said part of the restoration project includes putting up a new lightning rod "since a lot of lightning bolts hit the basilica."
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#10ThuggernautzPosted 2/13/2013 8:55:16 AM
Case closed, detectives. Fine work!