In the latest incident of wacky weather, the National Weather Service in Phoenix reports a lightning bolt so powerful it looked like a volcano and sounded like a dynamite blast. It damaged 13 homes in the area.
After striking one house, the lightning spread to other houses in the neighborhood through wet soil and underground wiring. Firefighters in the town of Mesa say they've never seen another lightning bolt this fierce.
The lightning's high heat exploded underground wires and cables. After diving into the soil, the lightning bolt flew upwards, scattering debris like a volcano and leaving scorched areas around the metal fittings on houses. No one was injured.
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