frauenfelder at May 10th, 2014 13:51 — #1
stephen_schenck at May 10th, 2014 14:18 — #2
An exploding tree is a police matter?
thaumatechnicia at May 10th, 2014 14:34 — #3
Technically speaking, isn't the tree the source of the lightning bolt and so it got everything it damn well deserved?
bzishi at May 10th, 2014 14:34 — #4
This is probably just a police officer taking initiative to make sure kids and adults don't get hurt until one of the city departments comes and cleans it up. I don't see anything wrong with that.
xzzy at May 10th, 2014 15:08 — #5
How does a flimsy sheet of plastic protect anyone? It literally does nothing to make the area safer except for creating a line that you're maybe not supposed to cross because a cop might yell at you.
jhutch2000 at May 10th, 2014 15:16 — #6
Simple. Because there are lot of dumb-ass people (and kids) that WILL mess around the tree and possibly get hurt, but will refrain simply because the tape is there.
bzishi at May 10th, 2014 15:55 — #7
- It is highly visible and it causes people to stop and think before crossing,
- Most people are used to seeing hazards blocked off and won't cross, and
- People are so used to seeing hazards blocked off that they assume that when a hazard hasn't been blocked off that it is safe (for example, people will walk right on by wet floors and steam plumes if they aren't marked).
I've taped off more than my share of hazards. The more obvious you make it, the less likely people will fuck with it.
gilbertwham at May 10th, 2014 16:16 — #8
Yup. An exploding anything is a police matter, til it's figured out what it is, and why and whether or not it's gonna keep exploding, IMO.
(providing it's sensible police, natch)
kbert at May 10th, 2014 17:01 — #9
I'd be all over the branches still attached; back with a saw to take home.
Lightening can sculpt in ways that hardly can be duplicated.
Except for that damn tape! Foiled!
patrace at May 10th, 2014 17:16 — #10
I see the lightning police are on the scene. Watch out Zeus.
kpkpkp at May 10th, 2014 17:47 — #11
Lightning may be destructive, but also quite considerate: Note the neatly stacked cordwood!
jeanbaptiste at May 10th, 2014 19:35 — #12
Weird lightning strikes, eh? Well I'm pretty sure we all know what that means...
schwaman at May 10th, 2014 21:38 — #13
It's cooler if you think of it as the tree gathering charge from the roots and then exploding in the process of shooting it to the sky. I wonder if the soil underneath was affected. The heat can sometimes produce cool glass.
lightningwaltz at May 10th, 2014 21:41 — #15
Public protection is a police matter. The above comment was a typo , cant seem too erase it.
I have seen a tree hit by lightning, it was cut down about 6 feet from the ground. Its bark was warm and full of ooze from the tree, splintered looking it exploded from within, which it did.
Officers were only doing their job taping off the scene.
redesigned at May 11th, 2014 03:22 — #16
obviously terrorist lightning...
like this recent attack:
I think the only rational response is to start a war on the climate...oh wait we already have!
bucaneer at May 11th, 2014 04:47 — #17
It was a setup by the ground, the tree is innocent.
emmet_curran at May 11th, 2014 07:21 — #18
Stephen Fry on QI talking about lightning strikes, including the bit about why you shouldn't stand under a tree in a storm...
acerplatanoides at May 11th, 2014 08:20 — #19
Excellent kindling. Beats swinging a splitting maul.
soylentplaid at May 11th, 2014 09:04 — #20
Legal liability. The tape serves as an official warning. If somebody is dumb enough to disregard the warning and then cuts or punctures themselves on tree shrapnel, they can't sue the city or the property owner because now that's their own damned fault.
Litigious societies, etc.
vrplumber at May 11th, 2014 09:21 — #21
Hmm...That wood be shocking to witness.
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