by Slim Price
We were in the mid-south somewhere,
and the whole day was a little strange. There was a tension in the
air I had never known before, but I was naive. It just looked to
me like another rain-day coming, just a day off. There was some
wind, so we had just guyed out with extra corner guys.
Just a little before dusk the rain
started. For the first time for me, enough rain accumulated, so it
was necessary to use a couple of side poles to lift parts of the
top to dump the rain off. This was usually a no-no, to touch the
top. Suddenly, there were torrents of rain like I had never seen!
We rushed outside to tight guy the wind side, and all hell broke
loose. At the same time the wind side was ripped from us, the huge
diesel generator truck was picked up and dumped, and the whole lot
shorted out. All the electrical cables were buried on this lot in
shallow ditches, and as the short traveled, we could see the
ground exploding progressively along the ditches, something I'd
never seen before or since.
Until then, I think I'd just been
excited, but I finally got plain scared! All around us we could
see the ground smoking, and could feel a tingle of shock in our
feet. Around us, I remember the roaring noise of the storm, and
seeing the ground opening in small craters where the cable to our
top was buried. When the short reached our board, it blew it up
and we went into the dark.
The next day, as we looked around
almost the whole lot was in shambles. No one had been hurt, as far
as I know, but there was a lot of damage. Usually, I'm not smart
enough to be scared, but that I think was the most frightening
night of my life.
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