• Michael Thornton

Oil explosions and lightning on the border

Updated: Dec 25, 2018

There looks to be a chance for severe weather in Northern Oklahoma and Southern Kansas today. I left Norman around 11am and went Northwest towards the Kansas/Oklahoma border. By the time I had gotten there a storm had just started to form on the border. I ended up chasing it into Hardtner, KS. Where I witnessed a lightning bolt blow up a battery tank. Immediately starting a huge fire, I was the first person on scene, and right as I was about to call 911 to report the explosion a fire fighter from 2 towns over flying down the country road. I talked to him and he said that he could see the thick black smoke from 2 towns a way, and was checking to see what it was. The owner ended up turning off the battery tank, and the firefighters let the fire die, as they closley monitored it to make sure no grass fire began from the explosion. After about 30 minutes of watching the fire I started to head East to catch back up to the storm I was originally chasing. Thankfully it wasn't moving that fast so I was easily able to catch back up to it. This storm was hard to chase because the road network in the area I was chasing was non-existent. None of the roads that I could take led to the storm. Meaning I had to sit back and watch the storm from far away. But because of this I captured some nice lightning strikes near Sand Springs. After the storm died down I headed back home.


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