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[TowerTalk] Lightning Hitting Chimney

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Lightning Hitting Chimney
From: (Larry Knapp)
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 1999 16:47:25 -0700 (PDT)
Greg - Yes this same thing happened to me when I had my 56 foot tower with a
ATB34 on it, here in St. Joseph, Michigan.  We had several lightning strikes
hit some surrounding houses in our subdivision but my exposed tower never did
get hit.  The closest hit was one house over.....guess that proves - one never

--- Greg Gobleman <> wrote:
> I just had the most amazing conversation with my contractor.  I had called
> him to check a roof leak next to a chimney in our bedroom.  He had put the
> roof on last year and we had just had a series of storms with 6" rain and
> high winds overnight a few days ago.  He could find nothing wrong with the
> flashing, the chimney however has a bunch of bricks which appear to have
> blown out in pieces and a new big crack that you could stick a pencil in.
> The contractor says it was hit by lighting and the heavy rain and high wind
> forced it in the crack to run out lower in the chimney, finally ending up on
> our bedroom ceiling.
> Now I'm no dummy, and I know that lighting will do what it wants to do.  But
> I looked at him, then the chimney, then at my 60' Rohn 25G tower 40 feet
> away, with a 6el Telrex tri-bander, rotatable dipole for 40m and a 2meter
> vertical on top, for about 75' in total height.  Then I looked at the
> nearest anchor point about 8' away with 2 steel guys going to the tower.
> Further noting in my own mind that I had found no damage to anything related
> to the radio or any electronic device in our home, and asked, " Don't you
> think it would have hit the tower first or instead of the chimney."  He said
> "Maybe it's grounded better."
> I can't wait for the insurance adjuster to see this.  Has anybody ever
> experienced anything like this?  Just curious.
> 73
> Greg K9ZM
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May your days be full of sunshine and good thoughts fill your head.
From: Larry Knapp, KC8JX, St. Joseph, Mi  49085
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