Lightning blasts craters in the highway near Detroit Lakes

It happened on Hwy. 10 west of Detroit Lakes.
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Bolts of lightning left holes on a highway in northwest Minnesota. 

It's unclear exactly when it happened, but the Minnesota Department of Transportation says the two holes left in the road were caused by lightning that struck Hwy. 10 west of Detroit Lakes. 

Lightning is hotter than the surface of the sun and can reach temperatures of 50,000 degrees, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). 

More facts about lightning from the NWS: 

  • There are about 25 million lightning strikes in the U.S. every year. 
  • Lightning kills an average of 47 people in the U.S. every year. 
  • Lightning travels at about 1/3 the speed of light. 
  • An average lightning strike contains 300 million volts of electricity. 
  • The odds of being struck are 1 in 400,000 for every year of your life. 

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Some signs that lightning is about to hit include, per the NWS: 

  • Your hair stands up. 
  • You hear snapping, crackling sounds around you. 
  • You experience a tingling sensation. 
  • You notice an increase in static on your radio. 
  • You notice an abnormal burning smell in the air. 

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