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Lightning Strike Blows Up An Oilfield Tank Battery In Front Of Us. 6-15-2012.



MY wife and I (Diane) went to Hobbs last night to see a movie and have dinner. On our way back home lightning struck an oilfield tank battery right in front of us. We were less than 100 yards from it when it blew up. We were at mile marker #80 on US Hwy 62/180 heading west back home to Carlsbad. My 911 call was at 8:55 PM MDT, the video starts at 8:59 PM. It took me a couple of minutes to calm down before I could start filming. I've seen tank batteries get hit before, but I've never had one blow up this close to me before.

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