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Home Hoaxes Fact-Check: ‘When Lightning Hits Water’ Video

Fact-Check: ‘When Lightning Hits Water’ Video

by Brett M. Christensen

Posts featuring the following video are being shared via social media.  The posts claim that the video shows lightning hitting the water in a river:

But, in fact, the video does not show a lightning strike at all.  Instead, it depicts controlled blasting that was reportedly intended to deepen the waterway.
The original video, which was published on YouTube in December 2012, has the title  “Porapaalutusta, osa 3: Räjäytys”.  This translates to “Drilling rig, part 3: Blasting”.  And the clip has the description “In this video, we deepen the waterway.”

The video was posted by Rannikon Merityo, a water engineering company based in Finland.  The company’s website includes the video on its Mining page. The page includes the following description (Google translated from the original Finnish).

In addition, the deepening, construction and maintenance of waterways are carried out in mining and blasting operations. Extraction is carried out by placing underwater special explosives in the drilling holes, which are immersed in drilled holes in the rock.

And, in any case, as many commentators have pointed out, the blast clearly enters the water from the land beside the river bank and then travels down the waterway.  It does not come from the sky as a lightning strike most likely would. Thus, even without the information from the original video posting, it is obvious that the event depicted is not a lightning strike.


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After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

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Thank you, one and all!

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