I have several phone vids tonight, did not have my real camera with me.
At Southie's Thomas Park Monument tonight, a cataclysmic single thunderclap rang out amidst a slow, steady rain, not more than 5 minutes into the 2012 fireworks. I have never been so close to a lightning strike in my life, but two others, a man and a woman, were closer yet: So close in fact, that they both went to the hospital after the tree they were standing under was struck by lightning,
EMTs said that the woman took the brunt of it and they could tell because of a through-wound, ouch. We were perhaps 100 feet away from the strike. EMT and other public officers stated tonight that the South Boston Park was closed and then reopened at the behest of CBS Network because the Boston Pops fireworks are Nationally-televised. Thus, we did not see the fireworks. But we saw the real fireworks already, on the ride in from Newton with two other bikes, a K100RS and an FZ-6. Between the moon, the community fireworks to the left and the commuter train to the right we caught up to at a buck fifteen it was like living in a movie, simply awesome!
PS: Family members have contacted me and at this point I mark this information as copyrighted and it is not for republication by anyone else without my express written permission. Those of us who live in the area have this resource, and let's leave it at that. Peace.