Fireworks!: Power Lines Go Nuts Arcing And Sparking

July 7, 2017


This is a video from some power lines across the street from a Popeyes Chicken (I love your red beans & rice!) in London, Ontario, Canada, after a minivan struck a utility pole (visible right below the fireworks show). In the videographer's own words while I crunch the numbers to figure out how hard I'm gonna need to hit the utility pole across the street with my neighbor's stolen Camry to do the same thing:

"I was driving down Wellington road in London and witnessed the van take out the hydro pole. About 30 mins later this happened."

Electricity: it's nuts. SAD FACT: Did you know if you break the prongs off of an electrical cord in an outlet you should NOT try to fish them out with a salad fork? My Uncle Mitch learned that the hard way. Now it's my responsibility to go feed him on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, and sometimes on Sunday for breakfast. He can't say much, but the look in his eyes when I come at him after rubbing my socks on the carpet speaks volumes.

Keep going for the whole video, but the real show is at the end.

Thanks to Hannibal, who couldn't afford fireworks this year so he just flew a handful of mylar balloons into a power line, which I know absolutely nothing about and nobody else should try.

  • Geekologie

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  • Word Big Bird

    Was here for this. Witnessed the aftermath about 5 minutes after this video. There was a huge hailstorm that sent the hydro workers and cops scrambling for cover. It was nuts. And on a side note, Popeye's chicken is terrible.

  • Alex Plarina

    Wow so funny to see something from my home town on here , and to be part of a witness watching it live when it happened, Ps took out a lot of peoples hydro including mine.

  • Andyman7714

    Nice pace to the show with a great grand finale.

  • adsffda

    I see you popeyes ad. you're not fooling me with the explosions

  • GeneralDisorder

    You know... if you put metal into the wall socket it won't do anything unless you complete the circuit.

  • adsffda

    it grounds through the todler holding the fork

  • TheQiwiMan

    Kept expecting Spiderman to appear to battle Electro..

  • Meh

    Well that looks fun. Atleast repairing the lines will be tax money well spend.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Do taxes pay utility companies?

  • sizzlepants

    Kinda, but not really directly anymore.

    Most utility companies were originally Crown Corporations and run by the government but most have become privatized over the last few decades. Hydro One (who controls the power in Ontario where this happened) is considered a Public company while still being predominantly owned by the province (ie - government).

    Then there's the whole angle of whether or not the infrastructure is part of the cost of the utility or a responsibility of the province.

    So the tax money will keep playing the hot potato game between political and corporate groups and the masses will never really see where it truly ends up, but odds are we (the taxpayers) will end up footing the bill in one way or another. Whether it's increased service charges or increased taxation isn't clear, but it'll come out of our pockets.

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  • thank you

  • 13 Piece Bucket for $29.00 is a fucking rip off?! Whadaya saving up for that missing eye there Popeye?!


    $29.99 Canadian, so like $5 US

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