Lightning struck and killed our treadmill.
The kids were out. Mark and his mother had gone to Chilliwack Senior Secondary School’s 1950-2013 final reunion before it’s torn down to make way for the new school.
I was sitting here alone, blogging my daily posts on the other sites, when I heard a loud bang like an explosion behind my left shoulder and the family room, wall and sofa I was sitting on vibrated for a short period of time. It was frightening and I thought it might be a tree falling against that wall, or something heavy or motorized running into it, but when I looked out the window I could see nothing and I was left scratching my head in wonder.
For the next while I could hear a slight buzzing vibration from the corner and didn’t take much notice at first since I’d become so used to the resident ‘bee’ living inside Mark’s CPU for his computer that periodically drives me nuts.
I returned to my blogging.
About a half hour later Mark returned and I asked about his visit to the school and with his mother. A short while into the conversation, though, I did mention the loud explosive noise and vibration that had occurred. But it was at that moment that I suddenly fixated on the buzzing noise and mentioned it, asking Mark, “What is that buzz?”
Mark walked over immediately to his computer but for once, that wasn’t the culprit. He turned in surprise and checked out the treadmill and it was buzzing, but it wasn’t even on! The emergency cord was pulled and parked. Right away we assumed the treadmill motor must have died a horrible death, but that would only happen if it was on. Mark then looked out the window as well and couldn’t see anything.
We both forgot about it for a bit. Then (now don’t laugh), I went to the bathroom and was sitting on the toilet when the thought suddenly hit me that it could have been lightning. Research on the internet supported our conclusion that this was lightning as there were a few surprising things I hadn’t known, such as:
- A strike will not necessarily leave noticeable damage on the exterior of the house. They say the mark could be as small as a quarter.
- The path of the lightning and its victims are totally random, and in this case, the treadmill died, but the power bar it was plugged in and the lamp still plugged into the same power bar are fine. The treadmill was off, while the lamp and power bar were switched on. We checked all computers, printers and electronics in the room and nothing else seems to have been affected at all.
I’d like to go outside and check the wall for evidence of a strike, but obviously we are experiencing bad weather that has produced the lightning. We’ll wait until the storm passes to go out and investigate.
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