Re: Lightning strikes are always fun
"This time the strike had been rather more powerful and had actually ripped the line card in half! "
In a former telco existance I've walked into a comms hut to find blackened ends of wires where the line cards (40-50 of them) and their edge connectors used to be.
One hilltop site which took a direct hit had the mains board blown off the wall - and embedded in the one opposite. This was the old ceramic rewireable fuseholder technology. The amount of energy in a lightning strike makes most checmical explosives seem minor.