Amazing Video Of The Statue Of Liberty Being Struck By Lightning
Check out this crazy video of the Statue of Liberty being struck by lightning....not once, not twice, but four times.
The crazy footage was captured by Staten Island resident Mike Calabrese Wednesday night during the thunderstorms.
I guess the Statue of Liberty being struck by lightning is a pretty common thing. I mean it is a big-ass piece of copper all alone on an island surrounded by water. If that's not the perfect lightning rod I don't know what is.
The statue is hit many times a year even though it's grounded through its granite base. The Telegraph claims that the Statue of Liberty is struck about 600 times a year. I don't know about you, but that seems like a crazy number.
The damage that lightning strikes cause to the statue has been studied during the statue restoration that happened in the mid-80s. They found scorch marks and quarter-sized holes from lightening in the copper. During the restoration, a new and improved lightning grounding system was installed to stop the damage from lightning strikes.