Lightning And Gunpowder Don't Mix!
Who,What,Where,When, and Why?
When:In August 1769 , Where:lightning struck the tower of the Church of the Nazaire in Brescia, Italy. Why:The current passed through the vaults where 207,000 pounds of gunpowder had been stored for safekeeping. You can tell where this is going. What:The aftermath destroyed a sixth of the city and killing 3,000 residents. The British responded by passing two acts establishing standards for the manufacture and storage of gunpowder in private hands, eventually leading to an argument over how the best protect them from lightning strikes. Who:Gunpowder and lightning.