It is possible for a lightning bolt to strike directly through a glass window, which is why people are advised to stay away from windows when thunder or lightning are within 6 to 10 miles from your location. Glass doesn’t conduct the electrical charge, but lightning can go through the glass of a window.
As glass is not a conductor, you would need to break the glass first before being struck by lightning, so you would just need to be struck twice. Any metal wires or bars that are embedded within concrete walls or floors can conduct lightning.
Also glass is not a conductor so being struck by lightning through the window would take the glass being shattered first and then you could be struck by lightning but this would require two strikes. More than one strike hitting the same place is possible but very unlikely.
Can lightning pass through glass without breaking it?
No, I do not believe that lightning can pass through glass without breaking . The reasons are simple. Glass does not conduct very well at all and the heat generated by the charge necessary to force the energy through the glass would cause it to at the very least shatter and at its worst explode. Lightning produces natural glass.
This of course begs the query “What happens to glass struck by lightning?”
When lightning strikes sand on the beach or in a desert, it creates glass tubes called fulgurites. The strike vaporizes the sand to make unique geologic creations. And you can find them on the beach.
Glass does not conduct very well at all and the heat generated by the charge necessary to force the energy through the glass would cause it to at the very least shatter and at its worst explode. Lightning produces natural glass. If you have one of these glass objects you are very lucky.
Can all light pass through glass?
We can see through glass because light passes through it. Our eyes only see objects chairs, the phone, your computer, or even tinted glass by processing light waves reflected off the object or absorbed by it. Light is made up of waves of different sizes.
Light can travel through a vacuum whereas sound must travel through a solid, liquid or gas. Both follow the laws of reflection and refraction. Sound waves and light waves change speed when they pass across the boundary between two substances with different densities, such as air and glass.
Does lightning only strike the tallest objects?
Myth #2 – Lightning only strikes the tallest objects. Fact: Lightning is indiscriminate and it can find you anywhere. Lightning may hit the ground instead of a tree, cars instead of nearby telephone poles, and parking lots instead of buildings.
To stay safe in a storm, know the truth about lightning dangers 1 Myth 2 1 – Lightning never strikes twice in the same place. 3 Fact: Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly, especially if it’s a tall, pointy, isolated object.