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Lightning blasts vehicle in Russia (VIDEO)

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Cars are generally a very safe to be when there’s lightning. But they can still get struck. The video shown here, captured in Russia, provides a dramatic example. A Toyota SUV is the victim, but it appears to continue on its way after the strike.

The video was taken from a police car dashcam and posted to YouTube on September 17.

Screenshot from video of lightning striking car in Russia. ( YouTube )

The blog WattsUpWithThat writes the exterior of a car acts essentially as a “Faraday Cage” blocking electric fields.

NOAA cautions not at all types of moving vehicles are safe from lightning: Remember, convertibles, motorcycles, bicycles, open-shelled outdoor recreational vehicles and cars with fiberglass shells offer no protection from lightning.

Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.

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