8 Lightning Bolts Striking The San Francisco Bridge

April 13, 2012


This is a photograph from Phil McGrew of 8 lightning bolts striking the San Francisco Bay Bridge at the same time. Well, not exactly at the same time, because it was a 20-second exposure. Could Phil have expected to capture 16 bolts with a 40-second exposure? I doubt it. Can you expect a $350 ticket for incident exposure if you get caught shaking your peen at a driver that almost hit you in a crosswalk? *shaking Magic 8-Ball* My sources say I'm still paying it off.

San Franfrazzled: Once-in-a-lifetime picture of lightning striking iconic bridge [dailymail]

Thanks to Joseph and hamhocks, who agree this would be the perfect place to power your time-traveling DeLorean in the event of a plutonium shortage.

  • 9.68 jiggawatts Marty!

  • Samuel Chaabane

    9 bolts. Geekologie writer fail!

  • LittleBigFace

    i counted nine :L...

  • I didn't know you could be charged for being exposed to an incident

  • there can only be one!

  • Artemisa29

    Did you mean indecent exposure? 

  • Thanks for posting the photo!  There were no bolts in the frames on either side of this one so the best I can say is that it all occurred within 20 seconds.

  • Jon

    Great photo, Phil! Made me miss home!

  • Emmitt Morgans

    So this bridge could definitely win the lottery... you know, if it weren't a bridge and all.

    But if it pooled some money with the Golden Gate Bridge they'd definitely hit the jackpot!

  • Ed

    Awesome, but I count 9 bolts of lightning.

  • Emmitt Morgans

    Yeah, those who can count will find this to be quite true...

  • Soooooo preeetttyyy all the lights!

  •  'Twas intense.

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