A few days ago, the media was flooded with reports of a moving car that was hit by a lightning bolt. Miraculously, nobody was injured, but people still had an extra reason to be concerned when driving during a storm.

After the footage has reached the eyes of the most curious of internet consumers, several anomalies were identified, and an unusual theory has quickly emerged – that was no lighting strike, but rather an induced, artificial laser beam blast. It might sound wild, but let’s explore the possibilities to see who’s closer to reality.

The incident allegedly occurred in the streets of Morocco, although other sources claim it’s actually the Iranian city of Baneh. A moving car was hit by an orange flash of light presumed to be a lightning strike. The driver made it out unharmed, and residents quickly gathered to offer aid and find out what had happened.

The orange light doesn’t correspond to a lightning, which mostly has a silvery-blue tone. Zooming in reveals the front windshield was scorched, indicating the hit came somewhere from above. The shock was probably absorbed by the tires and sent further into the ground, thus allowing those inside the vehicle to come out unharmed.

Although it has some particularities of a lightning, the strike comes in a straight line, instead of following a zig-zag trajectory, and has a different color. This has lead many to believe the event was something more than a  naturally-occurring event.

The first discussed hypothesis was that of a laser beam. It’s well known by now that laser weapons are being deployed and tested at sea, as well as from above. Laser technology is intended to nuke ballistic missiles from afar.

The laser system doesn’t burn a hole inside the rocket, and it doesn’t make it explode. Instead, the laser beam  heats the carcass and weakens the material which shatters due to physical forces acting upon it. In other words, laser weapons leave few, if any traces upon impact.

Such laser guns have been mounted on US battleships, as well as on the Boeing YAL-1 prototype, and were successfully tested across the years. Have a look at this test performed by the US Navy which strongly resembles the alleged lighting strike.

Other allude to a far-less spectacular scenario by pointing to the lights visible in the background of the video believed to be originating from fireworks. Another person is seen in close proximity to the car before the incident occurs. He starts running before the explosion, indicating that a hand-made bomb could have been thrown beneath the vehicle.

Although this may seem like a viable scenario, it doesn’t explain the upwards projection of the light, nor the blistered windshield. Could this be but a decoy for the real motif behind this curious event?

On the other hand, a laser beam strike would somehow make sense if we consider the military’s ambition to test their toys on public ground. The war-torn area of Iran and furthermore the Middle East would make for the perfect testing ground for new technologies. This time however, someone was lucky enough to record such an action and expose it to a wider audience.

Whatever the real process behind this may be, the event remains fascinating to say the least.

What do you think to be the case? Lightning strike? Hand-made explosive devices? Or rather a fine example of laser weapon’s capabilities?

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