It’s the early 1980s, and this pilot fish is working at a TV station as an electrical engineer. “The TV antenna was outside the station in the parking lot, and whenever there was a thunderstorm — and we got a lot during the summer — the antenna would get struck by lightning,” fish says.

“Commercial broadcast TV antennas are designed for this. The antenna itself is sunk in tons of concrete, which helps it stay up, and the cables are all encased in heavy metal conduit that is directly grounded to the earth. These conduits are connected to the transmitters, which are also designed to withstand lightning hits.

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