There was a sensation today in Oxford when lightning struck a tank storing organic waste and caused a large explosion and subsequent fireball. Residents of the aforementioned city heard the explosion and then saw how the sky was lit up by a large flame.
In the industrial area where the lightning occurred, fire crews rushed to put out the fire that broke out. Severn Trent Green Power, the company that owned the tank that exploded as a result of the lightning strike, issued a statement: “We can confirm that at approximately 7.20pm this afternoon, a digester tank at the Cassington AD facility near Yarnton, Oxfordshire, was destroyed by a strike. Lightning, causing biogas inside that tank to ignite. “We are working with emergency services to secure the site and will provide further comment in due course.”
Likewise, a statement from the police force said: “Our officers are currently at the scene of a fire at a waste factory near Yarnton, Oxfordshire. “It is believed that lightning struck gas containers on site during bad weather this evening, causing a major fire.”
This afternoon, the Meteorological Authority warned of storms, after recording rain accompanied by electric shocks throughout the afternoon.