14 thoughts on “Anthony of SBTC asks “What’s this wire thingy?””

  1. I do believe it actually is part of the lightning protection system on the electrical panels. Every spot on boardwalk that has an electric meter has one and you see something similar on most power substations.

  2. It is a lightning static dissipator. They use them on boats and power stations a lot. It is supposed to prevent conditions that create lightning from occurring (remember it actually is going from ground to cloud usually) and in case of a strike minimize the damage that occurs.

  3. As usual, Mein is on the money. It’s lightning protection as required by the latest electrical code for new outdoor installations like the boardwalk lighting panels.

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