There was an explosion of fuel vapor because of an atmospheric discharge at the gas station.
These shots were taken by a video surveillance camera at the gas station in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. At the first second of recording you can see a bright flash of lightning, and then an explosion of fuel vapor in the maintenance well. A heavy metal well cover was thrown up and the flame almost hit the filling station. Luckily, nobody was injured at the gas station - no one was filling their cars and the explosion did not cause fire.
Like any other explosive and flammable structures, gas stations need reliable lightning protection. To learn how to perform it, read the article Lightning protection and grounding of gas stations».
Do you have any questions about the design of a gas station's lightning protection? Contact the specialists of the ZANDZ Technical Center!