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Summer lightning

Summer lightning

Sept. 5, 1976: Lightning over city of Los Angeles skyline looking south from Elysian Park.

Staff writer Kevin Roderick reported in the Sept. 6, 1976, Los Angeles Times:

An electrical storm which was nothing less than spectacular lit up Southland skies for about two hours Sunday night and created havoc with power service and television broadcasting.

The unusual summer lightning show knocked out power in small pockets spread from Orange County to the San Fernando Valley. Outages ranged from a few seconds to several hours.

Television stations KHJ and KTLA experienced losses of service because of lightning strikes near their Mt. Wilson broadcasting towers and stations KNBC and KTTV reported power outages both at Mr. Wilson and at their home studios in Burbank and Hollywood…

The storm was one of the most stirring displays of electrical energy seen over the Southland in recent years, many local residents said.

“It was just a spectacular show,” said one man who enjoyed the view from atop Mt. Wilson, which overlooks Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley.

This photo by retired staff photographer Boris Yaro was published on page three of the Sept. 6, 1976, Los Angeles Times.


  1. October 1, 2013, 4:42 pm

    Mr. Wilson? It's Mt. Wilson.

    By: Don Kinzler
  2. October 1, 2013, 5:01 pm

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

    By: Alan Hagman

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