Lightning Protection: Pennsylvania
At 46,055 sq miles, Pennsylvania is the 33th largest state in the US by area and is ranked number 28 for cloud to ground lightning strikes, with an average of 2,235,310 annually. The state also sees about 10 thunderstorms a year touch down.
In 1752 lightning rods were installed on, what is now, Independence Hall in Philadelphia after Benjamin Franklin invented and tested them. Pennsylvania is the birth place of lightning rods and the father of lightning protection systems.
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Did you know, until the late 18th century it was believed that ringing church bells repelled lightning so many church bells bore the inscription fulgura frango, meaning ‘I chase lightning’.
During a thunderstorm, bell ringers would run to the bell tower to ring the bells. However, a high tower with a metal bell was in fact about the worst place to be.
Between 1753 and 1786 in France, 103 bell-ringers were struck by lightning and killed, resulting in the custom being banned.