Does static electricity cause lightning?



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    While static electricity and lightning do have some properties in common, lightning is not caused by static electricity.  Lightning occurs when electric fields formed during thunderstorms grow so large that they begin to spark.  The collision of liquid and ice particles is what generates these electric fields.

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    Yes!  In massive quantities, such as when there is a huge forest fire, static electricity can actually cause lightning.

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