Lightning strike warning

WITH storm season in full swing, Queensland’s Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy has warned miners not to seek shelter in heavy rubber tyred vehicles during lightning storms because of the risk they may explode.

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The incident in WA when an autonomous truck was stuck by lightning

A lightning strike on a rubber-tyred vehicle can start the process of pyrolysis - the decomposition of a substance by heat - which causes the build-up of flammable gases and pressure within the tyre.