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Experts Hunt for Reasons Why 41 Died in Moscow Plane Fire

MOSCOW — The plane that burst into flames while making an emergency landing at a Moscow airport, killing 41 of the 78 people on board, was without radio communications because of a lightning strike, Russian news media on Monday quoted …

Researchers Demonstrate How Lightning Strikes Can Improve Storm Forecasts

Humans have always been frightened and fascinated by lightning. This month, NASA is scheduled to launch a new satellite that will provide the first nonstop, high-tech eye on lightning over the North American section of the planet. University of Washington …

N.C. Cancer Center, Chubb Work Together to Recover From Lightning Strike

When lightning struck The Gibson Cancer Center in Lumberton, a small community in North Carolina, causing a fire and significant damage, there was concern for the patients who received treatment there. Though the fire affected the entire building, destroying a …

Lighting Strike Damages Missouri Courthouse

Stoddard County commissioners are assessing the cost of a lightning strike to a courthouse that destroyed phones, a computer and other machinery. The Dexter Daily Statesman reports the Aug. 6 strike hit a rod on top of the building. It …

Roofer Dies After Being Struck by Lightning in Southwest Florida

A developer in southwest Florida is reviewing its safety protocols for staff and subcontractors after a roofer was fatally struck by lightning. The Sarasota County Fire Department says the 39-year-old man died Wednesday after being struck by lightning while working …

Lightning Strike Injures 4 in Houston

Four people have been hurt after an apparent lightning strike in Houston, Texas, as they worked on the foundation of a house. The Houston Fire Department says Wednesday afternoon’s accident left one worker critical and three in stable condition. All …

Kentucky High School Struck by Lightning Sustained Roof Damaged

Workers are repairing a Louisville, Ky., high school after lightning struck the building and tore a hole in the roof. Jefferson County Public Schools spokesman Ben Jackey says along with a 5-foot-by-5-foot hole, concrete fell and two third-floor classrooms were …

Minnesota Man Struck by Lightning Doesn’t Miss Concert

A Minnesota man was struck by lightning Friday, but that wasn’t enough to keep him from attending Country Fest in Wisconsin on Saturday. Gage Stroening tells the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram he had special passes to see performer Randy Houser, and …

Lightning Strike Damages South Dakota Airport Runway

Officials say a runway at Pierre Regional Airport was closed temporarily after a lightning strike blasted several holes in the tarmac. The South Dakota airport manager Mike Isaacs tells the Pierre Capital Journal that lightning struck the runway during a …

Lightning Strike Causes Indianapolis House Fire

A lightning strike is being blamed for an Indianapolis house fire. Indianapolis Fire Department Lt. Larry Tracy says the fire was reported by the homeowners about 1 a.m. Sunday on the city’s far northeast side. The couple living in the …