Long enough to turn sand to glass.
by BeastOfBourbon (2017-07-16 11:24:52)
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  In reply to: How long can a lightning strike last?  posted by Rochesterdomer

I witnessed a similar event a few years ago from a hotel window. It was near a beach and the lightening bolt seemed to "throb" in place for a few seconds before dying out. After the storm, my wife and I were walking past the area where the strike hit and came across a line of scorched sand that terminated in a 3-inch blob of dark glass. It was pretty amazing.


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