While perusing the news sites recently I've been struck by the number of injurious, damaging and even fatal lightning strikes in Europe recently.
The final day of the Rock am Ring music festival in Germany (about 100km west of Frankfurt) was cancelled after a series of strikes injured more than eighty fans and staff, eight seriously. [BBC]
A man was killed in southern Poland as he was hit by lightning while descending the Babia Gora mountain.
In Paris a birthday party in Parc Monceau was hit, injuring eleven people (including eight children), four seriously, on 28MAY.
A children's football match in Hoppstaedten in Germany was also hit; the referee was struck directly and more than thirty others were also injured.
In Northern Ireland a father and his two children were hit and suffered serious injuries outside a primary school (his heart was restarted at the scene) [BBC]
A house in Stamford Hill in Hackney, east London, was set on fire by a lightning strike.
There were further electrical storms in Bedfordshire (including disruption to Luton airport), North Wales, Manchester and Milton Keynes
OK, it's just a series of seasonal thunderstorms. Unless it's something completely different, a mad scientist meddling with weather control or a new weapon perhaps. Or maybe there's another alien like the Wire or the Mandragora Helix around, maybe trapped in a self-sustaining thunderstorm.
Comments? Ideas? Suggestions?
Time, time,time, see what’s become of me. While I looked around for my possibilities... My AITAS files.