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1932 -  fifteen-foot bolt of man-made lightning

FIFTY FIVE FOOT ARC

E&MP 72.044

Artificial Lightning

June 9, 1932

Ten million volts pressure behind 50,000 amperes of electricity make up this fifteen-foot bolt of man-made lightning in General Electric's Pittsfield laboratories.

Three scientists watch the awe-inspiring phenomenon from a protected cage near one of the gigantic ball electrodes.

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Original Caption by Science Service
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National Museum of American History

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