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  July 3, 2009

Wind turbine at Brieske destroyed by lightning

Brieske [Ed.: Brandenburg, Germany] The fierce storm on Thursday afternoon has broken off parts of the wing from a wind turbine between Brieske and Schwarzheide im Germany. They are flown about 150 meters through the air and landing about 50 meters from the federal highway Nr. 169. People were not injured, the place of demolition has been saved.

The approximately 40 meter wing, which has broken several trees and cut a track in the forest shows traces of a lightning.

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Lightning struck a wind turbine
Brieske/Schwarzheide: Lightning struck a wind turbine - Photo: Steffen Rasche - July 3, 2009, 09:05:25

Lightning struck a wind turbine
Part of the wing flew 150 metres in the bordering forest
Photo: Steffen Rasche - July 3, 2009, 09:05:43

Lightning struck a wind turbine
Brieske/Schwarzheide: Lightning struck a wind turbine. Part of the wing flew 150 metres in the bordering forest
Photo: Steffen Rasche - July 3, 2009, 09:05:57

Link: http://www.lr-online.de/regionen/Senftenberg-Brieske-Schwarzheide-Windkraftanlage-Blitzeinschlag...

Information about the system protecting wind turbines from lightning:

http://www.windaction.org/documents/16952


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