Spectacular Lightning Strikes Empire State Building

I understand this happens quite frequently, but that doesn’t make this picture any less impressive! Wow! Take a look at this from Gizmodo:

Spectacular Lightning Strikes Empire State Building

And someone commented with this question:
What happens next?
“The Empire Strikes Back of course!” šŸ™‚

A lightning just struck the antenna spire of the 102-story, 1,454-feet (443.2 meter) tall Empire State Building during a storm in New York today. As usual, the skyscraper didn’t suffer any damage.

It is not as spectacular as theĀ Statue of Liberty’s lightning, but I love these shots anyway.

The Empire State’s Art Deco spire was designed to be a mooring mast forĀ zeppelins. Passengers were going to check in at the observation deck on the 86th floor. Then they would have taken a special elevator to the 102nd floor, where they would have boarded the dirigible. It never happened.

At the end this proved too dangerous because of wind drafts, so the idea was abandoned. Later, in 1953, the radio mast was built on top of the spire.

Built in 1931, the Empire State Building is one of the most famous architectural landmarks in the world. It was the tallest skyscraper in the planet till the World Trade Center north tower was completed in 1972. After the September 11 attacks, it became again the tallest building in the city of New York, only to be surpassed a few weeks ago by the new One World Trade Center. [Twitter]

As well as this one of the Statute of Liberty:Ā 

The Statue of Liberty Hit By Lightning

Ā I know that this must have happened more than once, but for the love of Thor, what a spectacular shot this is. The Lady of the Harbor standing still against the forces of nature.

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, and 1.21 gigawatts of electricity, indeed.

I was ready and waiting and took 81 shots before finally getting this one. It was pure luck really, a once in a lifetime opportunity. It’s the first photograph of its kind I have ever seen.

Those are the words of New York-based 58-year-old photographer Jay Fine, who claims he has waited more than 40 years for this image. Well, Mr. Fine, those are 40 years well spent, thank you very much. [Metro]

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