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The Magnifying Transmitter produced thunder which was heard from his lab as far away as Cripple Creek. He becomes the first man to create electrical effects on the scale of lightning by creating bolts forty two meters in length. People near the lab would observe sparks emitting from the ground to their feet and through their shoes. Some people observed electrical spark from the fire hydrants. The area around the laboratory would glow with a plasmic blue corona. One of Tesla’s experiment with the Magnifying Transmitter destroyed Colorado Springs Electric Company’s generator, by back feeding the city’s power generators, and blacked out the city.

very nice account of the life of “the inventor of the 20th century”, nicola tesla.