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Lightning strikes St Peter's Basilica as Pope resigns

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2 years ago#1
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21421810
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2 years ago#2
Oh good, you found the actual video, haha this is useful for the other thing I'm doing, thanks!
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2 years ago#3
Huh, neat. =]
2 years ago#4
"as" he resigned, or just close enough?
2 years ago#5
"Within several hours" was the term I believe the article used.
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2 years ago#6
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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2 years ago#7
"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.
2 years ago#8
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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2 years ago#9
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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2 years ago#10
Case closed, detectives. Fine work!
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