Arcing powerlines cause tree fire & explosion

This tree catches fire and explodes as wind blows the tree into nearby power lines.

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+7 1. drewsutton commented 12 years ago

Surely that tree and those power lines have been there a while... and the wind has been around a lot, too... How has this not already happened? haha.
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0 2. banzemanga commented 12 years ago

From the camera point of view everything blacked out when the explosion occurred. I wonder how the background looked during that time in real life.
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-4 3. antifolklore commented 12 years ago

Underground powerlines for the win :D.
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-2 4. CorpseGrinder commented 12 years ago

4:00 :O big boom! really scared the hell out of me :D
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+2 5. Zebedee commented 12 years ago

That thing was like a monster, coming back for one more scare when you think he's dead. Brilliant video.
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-6 6. TechnoKING commented 12 years ago

Yeah, but kinda slow, it'd be better without the first 3 minutes...IMHO. But sweet otherwise...
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0 7. slep commented 12 years ago

Yeah it's probably like 440 thowsand volts.
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+2 8. Gringo_el_Diablo commented 12 years ago

Ya'll have ADD!
The build up was awesome.
He was only 25-30 feet away!? (8-9 meters)
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+5 9. stepanstas commented 12 years ago

Okay, so one would think that they would call (or the fire dept would (if they reported it correctly)) the electrical company so that they could shut off electricity for that area, but no, it's better to possibly get killed.
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-3 10. tomas commented 12 years ago

#9 : If you shut off electricity you cant continue playing ya geeky "WOW"

Why is the vid in the "documentary" category, when it would be more likely "awesome" or "Accidents" :S
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+1 11. ringmaster commented 12 years ago

Agree with #10. Some videos are put in strange categories. 911 anyone? At least some there had a mind after four minutes.
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+1 12. wts commented 12 years ago

#10 - Category changed. Thanks for the input.
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0 13. silly_sy commented 12 years ago

gotta love the power of electric
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0 14. rizwan commented 12 years ago

Not good to keep trees near HT lines?
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+1 15. klim5354 commented 12 years ago

Godzilla attack.
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+8 16. blackd commented 12 years ago

#1, Trees like... grow.
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+6 17. Zmagec commented 12 years ago

just stand there and film it yeah.. how about calling firefighters ? :|
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0 18. kainim commented 12 years ago

the water in the tree must have heated up extremely quickly for those small explosions to happen :o, pretty cool to see but quite dangerous
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-2 19. trancetunes (moderator) commented 12 years ago

wait, is anyone else thinking what i am about this??

how come those power lines didn't have some kind of coating to prevent that?

i know by my house we have tons of power lines obviously and they all seem to have this thick black coating around them...birds sit on them all the time etc..even tree branches touch the wires..anyone know how this happened?! did they not have any kind of protection around them? if that's the case, wouldn't any bird/squirrel die from sitting on them?
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+4 20. spamcop commented 12 years ago


"? if that's the case, wouldn't any bird/squirrel die from sitting on them?"

pleeeeeaaaase go back to schoooooool! :D
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0 21. MoT commented 12 years ago

#1 makes a good point. Considering how tall that tree is, surely it must have had an encounter with the power lines before? Either that or the tree's branch that got fried had been gradually leaning over towards the power lines and the final gust of wind finished it off.
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+2 22. patriotaus commented 12 years ago

#19 you have to come in contact with either 2 lines or contact one and the ground, otherwise there is no circuit and no electricity will run through you. which means birds/squirrels/possums are fine.

for everyone going on about how stupid these guys are for not calling the fire brigade, i bet you guys clicked through the clip because they mention "where the hell is the fire brigade?"
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0 23. timppi commented 12 years ago

#19 no, because when a bird or a squirrel sits on a power line, it's not touching the ground, so the electric current has nowhere to go to.

trees make a good route to ground for electricity, because they have a lot of water inside.
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+1 24. kurkudjikul commented 12 years ago

Current was to small for automated protection all to the end.
The big boom was a real short curcuit.
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+4 25. trancetunes (moderator) commented 12 years ago

thanks for answering my question--yea i feel pretty dumb for not realizing it now because i understand the concept now..

one other question that no one answered though--trees near my house touch the wires all the time--they don't do this because of a protective coating on the wires (i'm pretty sure--theres this thick coating around them it seems) come they don't just do that here so this doesn't happen? oO
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+1 26. kurkudjikul commented 12 years ago

#25 The voltage on this powerline is greater then 35kV(maybe up to 110kV). At this voltage it is not necessary to touch the wire to get arcing(for every ~30kV, 1cm of air). It is not economical to isolate the wires becouse the isolation has to be realy thick (3-6cm) and that increases weight of the powerline drastically. This is cheaper.
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-4 27. badboy007 commented 12 years ago

i wonder why the dumb fags never called the fire department
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0 28. Phil-Lloyd commented 12 years ago

badboy007 fails again
Read the other posts or listen.
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-1 29. angrytattedguy commented 12 years ago

It blackened out because of this magical effect called an em charge which makes all the air around the power line jolt including the juice in the hand cam. This is why Im happy my power lines are under ground ...who'de thunk it.
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-2 30. badboy007 commented 12 years ago

phil-loyd proves he is sad again.
I dont read all the posts
I have a life.
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0 31. Skeesicks commented 11 years ago

Now it's 100% dry!